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Virginia Energy Star Sales Tax Holiday, October 2013


 Virginia encourages energy conservation with an Energy Star, WaterSense products sales tax holiday.

Each year, the Department of Taxation provides a sales tax holiday for Energy Star and WaterSense qualified products. This year, the holiday takes place Friday, October 11, through Monday, October 14.

In order to qualify for the temporary sales tax exemption, Energy Star and WaterSense products must cost $2,500 or less and must be purchased for non-commercial use. Qualifying items include:

  • Air conditioners and ceiling fans;
  • Bathroom sink faucets and faucet accessories and toilets;
  • Clothes waters and dehumidifiers ;
  • Compact fluorescent light bulbs; and
  • Refrigerators and dishwashers;

A complete list of exempt products is available here.

Retailers may choose to extend the sales tax exemption to other products as well; however they must remit sales tax for all sales unless the item is on the Department of Taxation’s list of exempt products. If the product isn't on that list and sales tax isn't paid by the consumer, the retailer is responsible for the sales tax.

Virginia is not the only state in the union to offer a sales tax exemption for energy efficient products. Georgia  provides a sales tax holiday for Energy Star and WaterSense products this  weekend, October 4-6. Texas and Missouri offered sales tax holidays for certain energy efficient products in May and April, respectively.

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Gail Cole
Avalara Author
Gail Cole
Gail Cole
Avalara Author Gail Cole
Gail began researching and writing about sales tax in 2012 and has been fascinated with it ever since. She has a penchant for uncovering unusual tax facts, and endeavors to make complex sales tax laws more digestible for both experts and laypeople.