August 5-7, dosage 2016
Combined Tax Holiday
The Department of Taxation has published rules and guidelines to provide guidance to retailers and consumers regarding Virginia’s combined sales tax holiday for hurricane preparedness items, clothing and school supplies, and Energy Star and WaterSense items. Legislation has combined the tax holidays into one recurring three-day event, which begins at 12:01 a.m. on the first Friday in August of every year and ends at 11:59 p.m. on the Sunday immediately following. The 2016 combined tax holiday is August 5 – August 7.
During the period, consumers may purchase certain items in preparation for hurricanes and other emergencies, certain clothing and school supplies, and certain Energy Star and WaterSense qualified items exempt of the sales and use tax.
Hurricane Preparedness Items:
Exempt hurricane preparedness items include any new or used:
1) portable generators with a sales price of $1,000 or less per item
2) gas-powered chainsaws with a sales price of $350 or less per item
3) chainsaw accessories with a sales price of $60 or less per item
4) other specified hurricane preparedness items with a sales price of $60 or less per item
School Supplies, Clothing, and Footwear:
The exempt items also include each new or used school supply item with a selling price of $20 or less per item and each new or used article of clothing or footwear with a selling price of $100 or less.
Energy Star and WaterSense Items:
Exempt Energy Star and WaterSense qualified products include certain specified new or used items that:
1) have been designated by the United States Environmental Protection Agency and the United States Department of Energy as meeting or exceeding each such agency’s requirements under the Energy Star or WaterSense programs
2) are priced at $2,500 or less per item
3) are purchased for noncommercial home or personal use
4) are affixed with an Energy Star or WaterSense label
For a specific list of exempt items, visit the Virginia Department of Taxation’s website.