On August 5-7, shoppers in Virginia are encouraged to buy back-to-school items and take necessary precautions during hurricane season without paying state and local sales tax. This holiday is not restricted to Virginia residents – anyone can purchase exempt items in Virginia during this holiday weekend, or buy exempt items for immediate delivery to a Virginia address well.
Tax-free Items include:
- Certain school supplies, clothing and footwear are exempt from the Virginia sales tax. Each eligible school supply item must be priced at $20 or less, and each eligible article of clothing and footwear must be priced at $100 or less.
- Certain products meeting the Energy Star and WaterSense qualifications, such as certain energy-efficient appliances, are exempt from the Virginia sales tax. Eligible products must be priced at $2,500 or less for each item, and be purchased for noncommercial home or personal use.
- Purchases of items designated by the Department of Taxation as hurricane preparedness equipment are exempt from the Virginia sales tax. Portable generators priced at $1,000 or less, gas-powered chainsaws priced at $350 or less, chainsaw accessories priced at $60 or less, and other eligible items priced at $60 or less for each item are exempt from sales tax.