It’s that time of year again when families prepare to send their children back to school and take advantage of summer sales on household items. This weekend, Virginia is offering parents a break from the sales tax, which means they can save money on school supplies, clothing, shoes and even pick up a new energy efficient dishwasher without paying the 6% sales tax.
From Aug. 2-4, you will not pay state sales tax on many items, including a portable generator (under $1,000), a dishwasher with an Energy Star label (under $2,500) or a long list of school supplies, clothing and footwear.
The sales tax holiday includes qualifying items purchased in stores, online, by mail or over the phone. This is a statewide tax holiday, but we want you to shop right here in our county!
Virginia’s annual three-day sales tax holiday is August 2-4. Review the checklist of dozens of hurricane and emergency preparedness items that qualify at https://t.co/gTGj5Duscr. Keep in mind your family’s unique needs and don’t forget about your pets, workplace and vehicle! pic.twitter.com/BVfCkLdhsc
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In time for back-to-school shopping, most school supplies under $20, as well as many clothes under $100, qualify for the sales tax exemption. A few items on the list include:
- Boots and shoes
- Pants and Jeans
- Pencils and pens
- Lunch boxes
- Sheet music
We’re in hurricane season through November (and an emergency can strike at any time), so this is also a good time to stock up on emergency preparedness supplies. Qualifying items are in different price categories so carefully check the state’s list below. You will not pay sales tax on many of these items during the sales tax holiday:
- Cell phone chargers
- Bungee cords
- Weather radios
- Power generators (Check qualifying price range)
- Chain saws and accessories (Check qualifying price ranges)
Need a new air conditioner or washing machine? The sales tax holiday includes qualifying items carrying either the Energy Star or WaterSense label that cost $2,500 or less (and purchased for noncommercial home or personal use). Some items on this list include:
- Light bulbs
- Ceiling fans
- Bathroom sink faucets
- Landscape irrigation controllers