Planning to buy a generator or emergency preparedness supplies? You might want to wait until the end of the month, when you can purchase it free of sales tax.
The Hurricane Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday takes place May 25-31; it’s the first of three annual sales tax holidays in Virginia, according to the state Department of Taxation:
May 25-31: New! Hurricane and Emergency Preparedness Equipment
During this seven-day period, purchases of items designated by the Department of Taxation as hurricane preparedness equipment, including portable generators, will be exempt from the Virginia sales tax. Portable generators must be priced at $1,000 or less, and other eligible items must be priced at $60 or less for each item. Some of the items include:
* Artificial ice, blue ice, ice packs and reusable ice
* Batteries (not automobile or boat), Cell phone chargers
* Any portable self-powered light sources such as flashlights
* Portable self-powered radios, two-way radios
* Bungee cords, rope, duct tape
* Smoke detectors, fire extinguishers
* Gas or diesel fuel tanks or containers
* Water storage containers, non-electric food storage coolers
* Bottled water, manual can openers
* First Aid Kits
Click here for the full list.
August 1-3: School Supplies and Clothing
During this three-day period, purchases of certain school supplies, clothing and footwear will be 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.
October 10-13, 2008: New! Energy Star Qualified Products
During this four-day holiday, purchases of products meeting the Energy Star qualifications, such as certain energy-efficient appliances, will be 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.