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A look at Virginia’s tax-free weekend

Posted at 10:16 AM, Jul 26, 2018
and last updated 2019-08-02 12:43:10-04

HAMPTON ROADS, Va. - Virginia's Sales Tax Holiday is here!

We've compiled a list of items that will be eligible during the three-day event from Friday, August 2 to Sunday, August 4.

During the sales tax holiday, you can buy qualifying school supplies, clothing, footwear, hurricane and emergency preparedness items, and Energy Star™ and WaterSense™ products without paying sales tax.

So what's eligible? 

  • School supplies, clothing, and footwear 
    • Qualified school supplies - $20 or less per item
    • Qualified clothing and footwear - $100 or less per item
  • Hurricane and emergency preparedness products  
    • Portable generators - $1,000 or less per item
    • Gas-powered chainsaws - $350 or less per item
    • Chainsaw accessories - $60 or less per item
    • Other specified hurricane preparedness items - $60 or less per item
  • Energy Star™ and WaterSense™​ products 
    • Qualifying Energy Star™ or WaterSense™ products purchased for noncommercial home or personal use - $2,500 or less per item
  • Eligible School Supplies: 
    • Binder pockets
    • Binders
    • Blackboard chalk
    • Book bags, messenger bags, and totes
    • Calculators
    • Cellophane tape
    • Clay and glazes
    • Compasses
    • Composition books
    • Computer storage media; diskettes; recordable compact discs; and flash drives
    • Crayons
    • Dictionaries and thesauruses
    • Disinfectant wipes
    • Dividers
    • Erasers (including dry erase marker erasers and dry erase marker cleaning solution)
    • Folders (expandable, pocket, plastic, and manila)
    • Glue, paste, and paste sticks
    • Hand sanitizer soap
    • Highlighters
    • Index card boxes
    • Index cards
    • Legal pads
    • Lunch boxes and lunch bags (including disposable lunch bags)
    • Markers (including dry erase markers and dry erase marker kits)
    • Musical instruments, musical instrument accessories, and replacement items for musical instruments
    • Notebooks
    • Paintbrushes for artwork
    • Paints (acrylic, tempera, and oil)
    • Paper (loose leaf ruled notebook paper, copy and printer paper, graph paper, tracing paper, manila paper, colored paper, poster board, and construction paper)
    • Pencil boxes and other school supply boxes
    • Pencil sharpeners
    • Pencils
    • Pens
    • Protractors
    • Reference books
    • Reference maps and globes
    • Rulers
    • Scissors
    • Sheet music
    • Sketch and drawing pads
    • Textbooks
    • Tissues
    • Watercolors
    • Workbooks
    • Writing tablets

    Eligible Clothing Items: 

    • Aprons (household and shop)
    • Athletic supporters
    • Baby bibs and clothes
    • Baby receiving blankets
    • Bandanas
    • Bathing suits, swim trunks, cover-ups and bathing caps
    • Beach capes and coats
    • Belts
    • Boots
    • Choir and altar clothing
    • Clerical vestments
    • Coats, jackets, and windbreakers
    • Corsets and corset laces
    • Costumes (sold, not rented)
    • Coveralls
    • Diapers, children and adult, including disposable diapers
    • Dresses
    • Ear muffs
    • Footlets
    • Formal wear for men and women (sold, not rented)
    • Fur coats and stoles, shawls and wraps
    • Garters and garter belts
    • Girdles
    • Gloves and mittens for general use
    • Golf clothing, caps, dresses, shirts, skirts, pants
    • Gym suits and uniforms
    • Hats and caps
    • Hosiery
    • Insoles, inserts for shoes
    • Jeans
    • Jerseys (both athletic and non-athletic)
    • Lab coats
    • Legwarmers
    • Leotards and tights
    • Lingerie
    • Neckwear, including bow ties, neckties, and scarves
    • Nightgowns, pajamas, and other nightwear
    • Overshoes and rubber shoes
    • Raincoats, rain hats, and ponchos
    • Robes
    • Rubber pants
    • Rubber thong/flip-flops
    • Sandals
    • Scarves
    • Shirts and blouses
    • Shoes and shoelaces
    • Shorts
    • Skirts
    • Slacks
    • Slippers
    • Slips
    • Sneakers
    • Socks and stockings, including athletic socks
    • Steel toed shoes
    • Suits
    • Suspenders
    • Underwear or undergarments
    • Uniforms, athletic and non-athletic
    • Vests
    • Wedding apparel, including veils (sold not rented)

    Eligible Preparedness Items under $60: 

    • Artificial ice, blue ice, ice packs, and reusable ice
    • Batteries (excluding automobile or boat batteries), including AAA cell, AA cell, C cell, D cell, 6 volt, 9 volt or cell phone batteries
    • Portable, battery-operated, or self-powered light sources including flashlights, lanterns or glow sticks
    • Tarpaulins, plastic sheeting, plastic drop cloths, and other flexible waterproof sheeting
    • Bungee cords, rope, and paracords
    • Ground anchor systems or tie-down kits
    • Ratchet straps
    • Duct tape
    • Carbon monoxide detectors
    • Smoke detectors
    • Fire extinguishers
    • Gas or diesel fuel tanks or containers
    • Water storage containers
    • Nonelectric food storage coolers
    • Bottled water
    • Nonreusable water packets
    • Manual can openers
    • Portable, battery-operated or self-powered radios (including self-powered radios with electrical power capability)
    • Two-way radios
    • Weather band radios and NOAA weather radios
    • Storm shutter devices
    • Cell phone chargers
    • First Aid Kits

    Emergency Preparedness Items $1,000 or less: 

    • Portable generators and generator power cords
    • Inverters and inverter power cables
    • Photovoltaic devices that generate electricity
    • Chainsaws and chainsaw accessories

For more information on the 2019 Combined Sales Tax Holiday, click here.