RICHMOND, Va (WTVR) – For one week, starting May 25, Virginians will be able to stock up on items like batteries, flashlights and other hurricane preparedness items tax-free.
The Virginia Department of Emergency Management says taxes will be waived on products ranging from bottled water to big ticket items like generators, as long as they’re priced at $1,000 or less.
Additionally, gas-powered chainsaws priced $350 or less — and chainsaw accessories that cost $60 or less — are now tax free.
VDEM has also released the newest version of their Hurricane Evacuation Guide. It contains evacuation routes, emergency traffic patterns, storm surge maps and preparedness tips.
HURRICANE PREPAREDNESS SALES TAX HOLIDAY
APPENDIX — LIST OF QUALIFYING ITEMS
May 25 – May 31
Sales Price of $60 or less
The following hurricane preparedness items may be purchased exempt of the Retail Sales and Use Tax during the “Hurricane Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday,” provided that such items have a selling price of $60 or less per item.
|• Artificial ice, blue ice, ice packs and reusable ice• Batteries (excluding automobile or boat batteries),includingo AAA cello AA cello C cello D cello 6 volt
o 9 volt
o Cell phone batteries
• Any portable self-powered light sources including
o Glow sticks
|• Tarpaulins, plastic sheeting, plastic drop cloths, and other flexible waterproof sheeting• Bungee cords, rope• Ground anchor systems or tie down kits• Ratchet straps• Duct tape• Carbon monoxide detectors• Smoke detectors
• Fire extinguishers
• Gas or diesel fuel tanks or containers
• Water storage containers
• Nonelectric food storage coolers
• Bottled water
• Manual can openers
|• Portable self-powered radios (including self-powered radios with electrical power capability)• Two-way radios• Weather band radios and NOAA weather radios||• Storm shutter devices• Cell phone chargers• First Aid Kits|
Sales Price of $1,000 or less
The following hurricane preparedness items may be purchased exempt of the Retail Sales and Use Tax during the “Hurricane Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday,” provided that such items have a selling price of $1000 or less per item.
• Portable generators and generator power cords
• Inverters and inverter power cables
Click here for the Virginia Department of Taxation’s Hurricane Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday Guidelines and Rules.