Virginia’s annual tax exempt weekend will occur August 7- 9 this year, allowing consumers to purchase qualifying school supplies, clothing, footwear, hurricane and emergency preparedness items, and EnergyStarTM and WaterSenseTM products without paying tax.

While today’s retail landscape may look a little bit different as a result of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, retailers can still take efforts to maximize the sales tax holiday to their benefit. By understanding what is eligible and promoting it ahead of time through social media channels, direct to consumer emails, and other marketing efforts, they can help make consumers aware of the holiday so that they too can get the most out of the weekend. While promoting the tax holiday, retailers should also be sure to include any special hours they may be open, as well as whether they offer curbside pick-up or delivery. 

What Qualifies?

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 be purchased for school use or in connection with a school activity.

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.

With many parents facing another semester of at-home online learning and those who are going to in-person unable to share supplies, school supplies could prove to be in high demand this year.

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.

EnergyStarTM and WaterSenseTM Products:

Items bearing an EnergyStarTM or WaterSenseTM 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.

Retailers may view additional information and guidance here. View the full list of exempt EnergyStarTM and WaterSenseTM products here.