Combined sales tax holiday begins Friday in Virginia

Published 12:08 pm Wednesday, October 18, 2023

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Beginning Friday, Oct. 20, at 12:01 a.m. through Sunday, Oct.22, at 11:59 p.m., Virginians will be able to purchase many items in stores, online, by mail order, and by telephone without paying sales tax.

The combined Retail Sales and Use Tax holiday applies to Energy Star or WaterSense qualified products, school supplies, clothing and footwear, and certain hurricane preparedness equipment through July 1, 2025.

The sales tax holiday authorized for calendar year 2023 applies only to those sales occurring during the three-day period. In future years, the holiday will return to its customary dates and begin at 12:01 a.m. on the first Friday in August of each year and end at 11:59 p.m. on the Sunday immediately following.

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Qualified items include:

  • School supplies, clothing, and footwear
    • Qualified school supplies – $20 or less per item
    • Qualified clothing and footwear – $100 or less per item
  • Hurricane and emergency preparedness products
    • Portable generators – $1,000 or less per item
    • Gas-powered chainsaws – $350 or less per item
    • Chainsaw accessories – $60 or less per item
    • Other specified hurricane preparedness items – $60 or less per item
  • Energy Star™ and WaterSense™ products
    • Qualifying Energy Star™ or WaterSense™ products purchased for noncommercial home or personal use – $2,500 or less per item

Detailed lists of qualifying items and more information for retailers can be found in the Sales Tax Holiday Guidelines.