It’s Back to School (for real!) time! As more kids prepare to head back to school (and adults prepare to head back to the office) for perhaps the first time in a year and a half, Back to School shopping will be more important than ever – after all, how many of us actually fit into the same clothes we were wearing when we all went into quarantine? This weekend is the perfect time to jumpstart that back to real life shopping, while saving money and supporting local. This weekend marks Virginia’s annual Tax Free Holiday.
The annual weekend, to run August 6- 8 this year, allows consumers to purchase qualifying school supplies, clothing, footwear, hurricane and emergency preparedness items, and EnergyStar and WaterSense products without paying Virginia sales tax.
School Supplies and Clothing:
Items commonly used by students in their studies (excluding computers) are considered eligible for exemption. Items must be sold for $20 or less but do not need to purchased for school use or in connection with a school activity. Keep it local at Ball Office Products.
Tax exempt clothing encompasses apparel and typical footwear as well as select items including wedding apparel and leotards which retails for $100 or less. Sporting equipment and items not considered appropriate for everyday wear are not exempt.
Keep it local for the kids at Little Nomad, Clover, Milby’s Just Kids, and 1Z 2Z 3Z, and for the the adults check out Irresistables, Frances Kahn, Very Ashley, Ashby, Clementine, and Franco’s Fine Clothier – or shop for both at trend.
View the full list of exempt school supplies and clothing here.
Hurricane Preparedness Items:
Virginia sees more hurricane-related storms towards the end of the season making Tax Free Weekend an ideal time to stock up on supplies including portable generators ($1,000 or less per item), gas-powered chainsaws ($350 or less per item), chainsaw accessories ($60 or less per item), as well as other specified hurricane preparedness items.
View the full list of exempt hurricane preparedness items (don’t forget the duct tape!) here.
EnergyStar and WaterSense Products:
Items bearing an EnergyStar or WaterSense sold for $2,500 or less are exempt during Tax Free Weekend. These items must be used for personal use and may include air conditioners, ceiling fans, light bulbs, dehumidifiers, refrigerators, sink faucets, toilets, and landscape irrigation products.
View the full list of exempt EnergyStar and WaterSense products here.