Virginia to Repeat Sales Tax Holiday, August 3-5, 2018

Congress isn’t alone in offering tax breaks to most U.S. taxpayers this year. Back by popular demand, most states, including Virginia, will offer a sales tax holiday, right before the start of the new school year. In fact, just about all the states offering a sales tax holiday in 2017 are repeating their holidays this year.

Virginia’s three-day sales tax holiday begins Friday, August 3, at 12:01 a.m., and runs through Sunday,
August 5, at 11:59 p.m.

According to the Virginia Department of Taxation, consumers during this time can purchase qualifying school supplies, clothing, footwear, hurricane and emergency preparedness items and Energy Star™ and WaterSense™ products without paying sales tax. This includes qualifying items purchased online, by mail or over the phone. 

In addition to the specific items exempted, retailers may also choose to offer other items “tax-free” by paying the sales tax themselves during the holiday.


School Supplies, Clothing and Footwear

  • School supplies: $20 or less per item
  • Clothing and footwear: $100 or less per item

Click here for a detailed list of school supplies, clothing and footwear

Hurricane and Emergency Preparedness Products

  • Portable generators: $1,000 or less per item
  • Gas-powered chain saws: $350 or less per item
  • Chain saw accessories: $60 or less per item
  • Other specified hurricane preparedness items: $60 or less per item

Click here for a detailed list of hurricane preparedness items

Energy Star™ and WaterSense™ Products

  • $2,500 or less per item
  • Must be for noncommercial home or personal use
  • Examples include: air conditioners, ceiling fans, dishwashers, washing machines,  refrigerators and light bulbs

Click here for a detailed list of Energy Star™ and WaterSense™ items

The full list of Virginia guidelines for the combined sales tax holiday can be found here. For information about state tax holidays across the U.S., click here to view the entire list of state sales holidays.

For additional information on sales tax holidays or other state and local tax (SALT) services, please contact Dave Sharkey, CPA, at 703.652.1124 or please feel free to leave us a message below.

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