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These are the items you can buy — tax free — in Virginia this weekend

RICHMOND, Va. -- Save money on your family's back-to-school shopping this weekend in Virginia. It's a statewide tax-free holiday. The sales tax in Virginia is usually 4.3-percent, but this weekend you can buy in bulk and get the biggest bang for your buck. If you plan on shopping this weekend and want to make a difference in a child’s life you can.

This year’s Virginia Sales Tax Holiday, which starts the first Friday in August and ends the following Sunday at 11:59 p.m., is Aug. 3 through Aug. 5.

During the tax free weekend shoppers can 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 3-5 exemption period and the sellers have the items available for immediate shipment, according to the Virginia Department of Taxation.

Click here for detailed lists of qualifying items and additional information.

The VCU Alumni Richmond chapter is hosting the “Ultimate Backpack program” to provide 5,000 RPS students with backpacks filled with school supplies.

You can make your donations on August 15 from 5 P.M. -8:30 P.M at Veil Brewing on Roseneath Rd.
1301 Roseneath Rd, Richmond, VA 23230