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Jul 24

Shop Tax Free in Virginia First Weekend in August

Posted on July 24, 2017 at 8:34 AM by Communications Department

No sales tax on school supplies, hurricane preparedness items and energy/water saving products
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The first weekend in August shoppers can buy qualifying school supplies, clothing, footwear, hurricane and emergency preparedness items, and Energy Star™ and WaterSense™ products in Virginia and pay no sales tax. This year the three day sales tax holiday starts August 4 at 12:01 a.m. and ends the following Sunday, August 6, at 11:59 p.m.

Qualifying school supplies are to be $20 or less per item. Eligible clothing and footwear are to be $100 or less per item. Hurricane and emergency preparedness products include items such as portable generators that cost $1,000 or less per item, gas powered chainsaws that are $350 or less per item and other specified hurricane preparedness items that are $60 or less per item. Energy Star™ and WaterSense™ products that are purchased for noncommercial home or personal use are required to be $2,500 or less per item.

For detailed information about qualifying items and more information for retailers please visit the 2017 Sales Tax Holiday website.