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Sales tax holiday in Virginia for hurricane readiness May 25-31

No state sales tax will be charged on the purchase of many items that can be used to prepare homes and businesses and to fill emergency supply kits during Virginia’s Hurricane Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday, May 25-31.  All retailers participate, according to Virginia law.

Among the items that will be exempt from sales tax, according to a news release from the state, are:
• Batteries, including cell phone batteries
• Battery-powered light sources, such as flashlights and lanterns
• Bottled water of all types and sizes, including flavored, carbonated and vitamin waters
• Battery-powered and/or hand-crank radios, including those with electrical power option
• Weather band radios and NOAA Weather Radios
• First aid kits
• Carbon monoxide and smoke detectors
• Fire extinguishers
• Tarps, plastic sheeting, plastic drop cloths, duct tape
• Water storage containers, including coolers, buckets, barrels, canteens
• Storm shutter devices
• Portable generators

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