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Jul 26

Sales Tax Holiday August 5th – 7th

Posted on July 26, 2016 at 8:22 AM by Communications Department

School Supplies, Emergency Preparedness & Energy Efficient Items Tax Free

The State of Virginia 7-26 supplies_SCoffers a sales tax holiday from August 5th-7th so that shoppers can purchase qualifying school supplies, clothing and footwear, emergency preparedness items, and certain energy-efficient products without paying state and local sales tax. This two day tax break is aimed to financially assist families for back-to-school shopping and encourage Virginians to take necessary precautions during hurricane season.

“This sales tax holiday will make items that help families prepare for the school year or for a potential emergency more affordable,” said Governor McAuliffe. “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.” The complete list of tax exempt items can be found at the Virginia Department of Taxation’s website.

Online purchases of qualifying products are exempt from the sales tax as long as orders are placed and paid for during the August 5-7 exemption period and the sellers have the items available for immediate shipment.