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Va. Sales Tax “holiday” this weekend, Aug. 5-7

Gov. Glenn Youngkin has announced Virginia’s sales tax holiday weekend as Friday, Aug. 5 through Sunday, Aug. 7, 2020. Specifically, the sales tax holiday starts at 12:01 a.m. on Aug. 5 and wraps up on Aug. 7 at 11:59 p.m. During this period, Virginians can buy a number of items in stores, online, by mail order, and by telephone without paying sales tax.

“During a time of high inflation and gas prices, Virginians will receive some needed tax relief this weekend as they support local businesses across the Commonwealth,” said Governor Glenn Youngkin. “Our administration will continue to stand up for parents trying to buy school supplies for their children, Virginians preparing for upcoming weather-related events, and families struggling with the cost of living challenges. Building on the record tax relief for Virginians in this year’s budget, lowering the cost of living remains a top priority for my administration as we work together to make Virginia the best place to live, work, and raise a family.”

“The sales tax holiday benefits both businesses and consumers,” according to Steve Cummings, Secretary of Finance. “And, with inflation at its highest level since 1981, Virginians need this tax relief now more than ever.”

Virginia Sales Tax Holiday
What items are eligible?

School supplies, clothing, and footwear
Qualified school supplies - $20 or less per item
Qualified clothing and footwear - $100 or less per item

Hurricane and emergency preparedness products
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 - $60 or less per item

Energy Star™ and WaterSense™​ products
Qualifying Energy Star™ or WaterSense™ products purchased for noncommercial home or personal use - $2,500 or less per item

Detailed lists of qualifying items and more information for retailers can be found in the Sales Tax Holiday Guidelines and on Virginia Tax’s website.
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