Virginia’s Hurricane Preparedness Sales Tax-Free Holiday Shopping week is May 25-31. Virginians are provided an opportunity to purchase hurricane and flood preparedness equipment tax-free. No sales tax is 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. All retailers participate, according to Virginia law.
A sample of items exempt from sales tax includes:
• 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
For a complete list, go to http://www.tax.virginia.gov/Documents/2011%20List%20of%20Exempt%20Items%20(2).pdf.
'Ensuring your home, vehicle, and business has an emergency kit is a vital part of preparing for hurricanes and other disasters,' said Curtis Brown, Emergency Management Administrator for the HRPDC. 'As demonstrated by Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee last year, Hampton Roads is vulnerable to severe weather. Please take the time to prepare your families, communities, and businesses by participating in this year’s Tax Holiday. It is a cost-effective approach to preparedness.'
Hurricane season starts June 1. Additional information about preparing for hurricane and flooding season is available at www.ReadyVirginia.gov