ALEXANDRIA, VA – Although most Virginia students won’t head back to school until late August, the time to shop for supplies and clothing is early in the month, if you want to save money. From Aug. 2 at 12:01 a.m. to Aug. 4 at 11:59 p.m., Virginia is holding its sales tax holiday. During that time, the state sales tax (4.3%) and the local option tax (1%) will be waived on certain purchases, for a combined waived tax of 5.3%.
When is it?
August 2-4, 2019. The 3-day sales tax holiday starts the first Friday in August at 12:01 am and ends the following Sunday at 11:59 pm.
What is it?
During the sales tax holiday, you can buy qualifying school supplies, clothing, footwear, hurricane and emergency preparedness items, and Energy Star™ and WaterSense™ products without paying sales tax.
What items are eligible?
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 2019 Combined Sales Tax Holiday Guidelines.