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Virginia offers sales tax holiday August 5-7

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Posted at 3:25 PM, Jul 21, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-01 17:48:56-04

Governor Terry McAuliffe announced Thursday that Virginia will offer a sales tax holiday in August.

The weekend is combining three existing tax holidays, hurricane and emergency preparedness, Back to School, and Energy Star and WaterSense into a single event.

Shoppers can purchase qualifying school supplies, clothing, footwear, emergency preparedness items, and certain energy-efficient products without paying state and local sales taxes on them.

The holiday will be from August 5-7 and it’s aimed to financially assist families for back-to-school shopping and to encourage Virginians to take necessary precautions during hurricane season.

Online purchases of qualifying products get the deal as well, 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.

All retailers who sell the tax exempt products are required to participate in the sales tax holiday.

Here’s your list of tax exempt items:
• Most school and office supplies, such as pens, loose-leaf paper, scissors, binders, backpacks, and construction paper, priced at $20 or less.
• Clothing and footwear, priced at $100 or less per item or pair.
• Batteries, flashlights, bottled water, tarps, duct tape, fire extinguishers, cell-phone chargers, smoke detectors, buckets, rope, and first aid kits, priced at $60 or less.
• Gas-powered chainsaws, priced at $350 or less, and chainsaw accessories, priced at $60 or less.
• Portable generators, priced at $1,000 or less.
• Energy Star-labeled dishwashers, washing machines, air conditioners, ceiling fans, light bulbs, dehumidifiers, and refrigerators, priced at $2,500 or less.
• WaterSense-labeled sink faucets, faucet accessories, aerators, shower heads, toilets, urinals, and landscape irrigation controllers, priced at $2,500 or less.