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Virginia Sales Tax Holiday First Weekend in August

Virginia Sales Tax Holiday First Weekend in August

Oval Emblem with text Virginia Sales Tax HolidayBeginning at 12:01am on Friday, August 4th, through 11:59pm on Sunday, August 6th, consumers in Virginia will be able to purchase certain goods tax-free as part of the 2017 Virginia Sales Tax Holiday.

The Commonwealth used to have three separate sales tax holidays each year:

  • A hurricane preparedness sales tax holiday period took place in May,
  • A holiday period for qualifying clothing and school supplies took place in August, and
  • A holiday for Energy Star and WaterSense qualified items was held in October.

In 2015, the Sales Tax Holidays were combined into one, the first weekend in August.  During the combined sales tax holiday 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.

Eligible items include, among others:

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

For more information on the Virginia Tax Holiday, visit the Virginia Department of Taxation’s website,HERE.