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Sales tax holiday in Virginia this weekend includes school supplies, hurricane prep

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Virginia’s annual sales tax holiday is ringing in back-to-school season.

The three-day holiday starts Friday and ends at midnight Sunday. Shoppers can buy qualifying school supplies, clothing, footwear and other specialty items tax-free.

Items eligible for the deal include:

School supplies

  • that cost $20 or less per item.

Clothing and footwear

  • at $100 or less per item.

Hurricane and emergency preparedness

  • products, including portable generators, gas-powered chainsaws, chainsaw accessories and other preparedness items.

Energy Star and WaterSense

  • products purchased for home or personal use.
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Those items are exempt from Virginia’s sales tax — a 4.3% state tax plus a 1% local option tax.

A full list of qualifying items is available on the Virginia Department of Taxation website.

Virginia has offered a sales tax break in time for back-to-school shopping since 2006. The holiday was combined with other tax-free events into an annual holiday in 2015.

North Carolina halted its annual sales tax holiday in 2013, but nearby states — including Maryland, West Virginia and South Carolina — also hold tax-free weekends ahead of the school year.

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