You may not get many hurricanes where you live, but that doesnâ€™t mean you canâ€™t save money during Virginiaâ€™s annual Hurricane Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday.
Between May 25-31, no sales tax will be collected on many supplies used to protect homes and businesses during hurricane and flooding season. You also can stock up on items for your familyâ€™s emergency supply kit.
Many everyday items are exempt, including:
- Bottled water of any size, including flavored, carbonated and vitamin water.
- Artificial ice, blue ice, ice packs, reusable ice.
- Batteries, excluding car or boat batteries.
- Battery-powered light sources, including flashlights and lanterns.
- First-aid kits.
- Cellphone chargers.
- Weather Band radios and NOAA Weather Radios.
- Battery-powered or hand-crank radios, including radio with electrical power option.
- Two-way radios.
- Manual can openers
- Tarps, plastic sheeting, plastic drop cloths.
- Duct tape.
- Bungee cords and rope.
- Ground anchor systems or tie-down kits.
- Ratchet straps.
- Carbon monoxide and smoke detectors, fire extinguishers.
- Empty gas, propane or diesel fuel tanks or containers.
- Water storage containers such as buckets, barrels, canteens, coolers.
- Storm shutter devices made for the prevention of storm damage (not plywood). Save money on big-ticket items, too, with a sales price of $1,000 or less:
- Portable generators and generator power cords.
- Inverters and inverter power cables.
Retail outlets will have information about the tax holiday. A complete list and more information can be found here.