Virginia’s Sales Tax Holiday is August 2-4

The Virginia Department of Taxation’s Sales Tax Holiday is August 2-4, 2019, during which consumers can buy select items without paying sales tax. Eligible items include school supplies, Energy Star and WaterSense products, and emergency preparedness products. Consumers can take advantage of the holiday for both in-store and online purchases.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has forecasted an above-normal Atlantic hurricane season, scheduled to peak this year in mid-August. Take advantage of the sales tax holiday by purchasing qualifying items that can help your household in case a hurricane, or any other disaster, strikes. The Virginia Department of Emergency Management’s emergency supply kit list contains many items that cost $60 or less and qualify for the sales tax holiday, including:

  • Artificial ice, blue ice, and ice packs;
  • Batteries;
  • Flashlights, lanterns, and glow sticks;
  • Portable radios, including battery-operated or self-powered;
  • Two-way radios;
  • Bottled water;
  • Nonelectric food storage coolers;
  • First aid kits;
  • Cell phone chargers;
  • Tarpaulins or flexible waterproof sheeting;
  • Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors; and,
  • More expensive emergency preparedness items also qualify for the sales tax holiday, including portable generators and gas-powered chainsaws.

Additional items that qualify for the sales tax holiday include school supplies, clothing, footwear, and Energy Star™ or WaterSense™ products. School supply items must be $20 or less per item but do not have to be used in connection with a school activity to be eligible, while clothing and footwear items must have a sales price of $100 per item to qualify for the exemption. Energy Star™ and WaterSense™ products must be $2,500 or less and purchased for noncommercial or personal use.

Detailed lists of qualifying items and more information can be found in the Virginia Department of Taxation 2019 Sales Tax Holiday page.

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