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Virginia’s May 2014 Sales Tax Holiday


 Virginia: Chain saws are exempt from sales tax during the May 2014 hurricane preparedness sales tax holiday.

Each spring, Virginia provides a sales tax holiday for emergency preparedness equipment. In 2014, the tax-free period begins Sunday, May 25, 2014. It concludes Saturday, May 31, 2014.

Exempt items include, but are not limited to:

  • Artificial and reusable ice ($60 or less);
  • Chain saws ($350 or less);
  • Chain saw accessories ($60 or less);
  • Duct tape ($60 or less);
  • First aid kits ($60 or less);
  • Inverters and inverter power cables ($1000 or less);
  • Portable generators and generator power cords ($1000 or less);
  • Portable light sources ($60 or less);
  • Portable self-powered radios ($60 or less); and
  • Tarpaulins and other flexible waterproof sheeting ($60 or less).

Additional Virginia Department of Taxation.

During the week-long sales tax holiday, all retailers who sell qualifying items are required to exempt those items from sales tax. Retailers are permitted to absorb the sales tax of non-qualifying items; however sales tax is still due and retailers must pay the tax on those items to the Department of Taxation.

Sales tax holidays are popular with consumers but create extra work for retailers. Switching to an automated sales tax solution helps.

Learn about 2014 sales tax holidays around the country.

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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.