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RICHMOND, Va. — Virginia’s Back-to-School/Hurricane Preparedness three-day sales tax holiday begins Friday, August 4 and extends through Sunday, August 6.

During the tax free weekend shoppers are encouraged to buy back-to-school items and take necessary precautions during hurricane season without paying state and local sales tax.

The holiday is aimed to financially assist families.

All retailers who sell the exempt products are required to participate in the sales tax holiday.

Tax exempt 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

Fore more information can be found in the 2017 Sales Tax Holiday Guidelines.

Online purchases of qualifying products are exempt from the sales tax as long as orders are placed and paid for during the August 5-7 exemption period and the sellers have the items available for immediate shipment, according to the Virginia Department of Taxation.