Virginia’s Annual Back-To-School Sales Tax Holiday Begins THIS Weekend (8/1)

by Lee Hernly, Editor

Virginia’s annual sales tax holiday on school supplies and clothing begins this weekend and will take place August 1-3, 2014.

During this three-day period, customers will not be charged the state and local retail sales tax on school supplies priced at $20 or less per item, or on articles of clothing, including footwear, costing $100 or less each. This includes items like pencils, pens, binders, paints, musical instruments and calculators, as well as pants, shirts, formal wear, shoes, flip-flops, and even uniforms.

While it is commonly referred to as the “back-to-school” sales tax holiday, it is important to remember that the sales tax holiday is for ALL shoppers, not just those with children heading back to school . Therefore, it is also an opportunity to purchase office supplies and shoes and clothing for adults tax free. There is no limit on the number of items you can buy as long as each one qualifies under the holiday’s guidelines.

Lists of exempt items, along with guidelines for the sales tax holiday and a set of frequently asked questions, are available online at the Tax Department’s Sales Tax Holiday Information Center.

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