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Sales Tax Holiday this weekend

No taxes on school supplies, clothing, footwear, hurricane/emergency preparedness items, Energy Star™ and WaterSense™​ items.




Most children dread this time of year because stores are suddenly packed with back to school supplies. A not so subtle reminder that in mere weeks they’ll go from sitting at the pool discussing the best flavor of Skittle to sitting in a classroom discussing a dead Greek dude and the mathy equation thing he invented.

Parents dread this time of year because they have to pay for all those supplies. This dread is somewhat offset by the fact they’ll finally have the house to themselves and won’t wake up to, “what are we doing today?”. If the parent is on the ball they can save a little cash this weekend. Our household is so not on the ball that we have no idea where the ball is or what it even looks like. RPS has the handy list and the larger chain outlets usually have lists of the local schools’ requirements.

The Virginia Sales Tax Holiday 2016 runs from Friday, August 5th through Sunday, August 7th. The good news is that it doesn’t just cover school supplies. The holiday also covers hurricane and emergency preparedness items, and Energy Star™ and WaterSense™ products.

Visit the Virginia Department of Taxation for the full details but below is an overview of exempt items.

School Supplies, Clothing, and Footwear: 

Hurricane and Emergency Preparedness Items:

  • 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 with a sales price of $60 or less per item
  • Detailed list of hurricane preparedness items

Energy Star™ and WaterSense™ Items: 
Qualifying items carrying either the Energy Star™ or WaterSense™ label with a sales price of $2,500 or less purchased for noncommercial home or personal use.

  • Qualifying Energy Star™ items include dishwashers, clothes washers, air conditioners, ceiling fans, light bulbs, dehumidifiers, and refrigerators
  • Qualifying WaterSense™ items include bathroom sink faucets, faucet accessories such as aerators and shower heads, toilets, urinals, and landscape irrigation controllers
  • Detailed list of Energy Star and WaterSense items

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Richard Hayes is the co-founder of RVAHub. When he isn't rounding up neighborhood news, he's likely watching soccer or chasing down the latest and greatest board game.