Virginia’s Hurricane Sales Tax Holiday Means Savings

You may not get many hurricanes where you live, but that doesn’t mean you can’t save money during Virginia’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 family’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.

For information about getting ready for hurricane and flooding season in Virginia, go here and here.