This Weekend’s Tax Holiday is for More Than School Supplies

Families prepping for the upcoming school year—or those looking to stock up on supplies during hurricane season—will want to take advantage of Virginia’s sales tax holiday beginning at 12:01 a.m. Friday and continuing through 11:59 p.m. Sunday.

The commonwealth now combines its three sales tax holidays into one, making back-to-school supplies, hurricane and winter preparedness supplies and energy-efficient appliances tax free.

That means the 5.3 percent state sales tax will not be charged for items such as generators, chain saws, clothing, shoes, pens, crayons and Energy Star and WaterSense appliances. Those who live in Loudoun or in other parts of Northern Virginia, where the sales tax is 6 percent, will save even more.

The list of tax-exempt items includes: ice packs, most batteries, portable radios, duct tape, notebook paper, diapers and light bulbs.

There is no requirement that the purchases be made for school or emergency preparedness purposes, and all retailers are required to participate. Online purchases of qualifying items are also tax-exempt during the sales tax holiday.

An all-inclusive list of the items that qualify for the tax holiday, as well as guidelines for shoppers and retailers, are available at tax.virginia.gov.

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