Sales Tax Holiday Aug. 5-7: Bookbags, Flashlights, Dishwashers, Garter Belts and More

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Get your shopping shoes on.

From Aug. 5-7, 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, which includes some things you may not expect, such as garter belts and corset laces (see for yourself).

The Virginia General Assembly recently combined three sales tax holidays into one annual three-day sales tax holiday for qualifying items in these categories:

  • School supplies, clothing and footwear
  • Hurricane and emergency preparedness supplies
  • Items with Energy Star and WaterSense​ labels

The Aug. 5-7 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!


School Supplies, Clothing and Footwear

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:

  • Binders
  • Bookbags
  • Boots and shoes
  • Coats
  • Calculators
  • Pencils and pens
  • Lunch boxes
  • Socks
  • Sheet music
List of What Qualifies


Hurricane and Emergency Preparedness Supplies

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:

  • Flashlights
  • Batteries
  • Cell phone chargers
  • Bungee cords
  • Tarps
  • Weather radios
  • Power generators (Check qualifying price range)
  • Chain saws and accessories (Check qualifying price ranges)
List of What Qualifies


Items With Energy Star or WaterSense Labels

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
  • Dishwashers
  • Bathroom sink faucets
  • Toilets
  • Landscape irrigation controllers
List of What Qualifies


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