The Commonwealth of Virginia is offering a sales tax holiday this weekend, Aug. 5 through Aug. 7, for back-to-school shopping and emergency preparedness items.
“This sales tax holiday will make items that help families prepare for the school year or for a potential emergency more affordable,” said Gov. Terry McAuliffe through a press release. “It is my hope that shoppers will use this time to get their children the items they need to succeed in school, as well as stock up on the essentials that may come in handy during a hurricane or other emergency where electricity or clean water may be unavailable for an extended period of time. This tax-free weekend is integrally important in ensuring all students and families have the tools and resources they need to be able to thrive and prosper here in Virginia.”
This year, the state is combining three separate tax weekends into one. Previously there had been separate weekends for school supplies, emergency items and energy efficiency items.
Items applicable for this year’s condensed weekend include:
- Most school and office supplies priced at $20 or less.
- Clothing and footwear priced at $100 or less per item or pair.
- Batteries, flashlights, bottled water, tarps, duct tape, fire extinguishers, cell-phone chargers and other emergency and hurricane preparedness items.
- Portable generators, priced at $1,000 or less.
- Energy Star labeled appliances and WaterSense labeled fixtures less than $2,500
All retailers state-wide who sell these type of products are required to sell items without sales tax during the holiday. Other retailers who don’t sell those type of items may also participate.
The tax holiday also applies to online items that are placed and payed for between Aug. 5 and Aug. 7 and are eligible for immediate shipment.