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Virginia: Hurricane Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday Starts Memorial Day

  • May 22, 2015 | Gail Cole

 The Virginia Hurricane and Emergency Preparedness Supplies sales tax holiday: a good time to buy a chainsaw.

The end of the workday today is the start of Memorial Day Weekend. For many, Memorial Day is a time for family gatherings, outings with friends, and honoring our veterans. For the people of Virginia, it’s also a time to purchase hurricane preparedness supplies tax-free.

The Virginia Hurricane and Emergency Preparedness Equipment Sales Tax Holiday runs May 25-31, 2015. During this week-long tax-free period, “purchases of items designated by the Department of Taxation as hurricane preparedness equipment are exempt from the Virginia sales tax.”

Exempt

  • Chainsaw accessories priced at $60 or less
  • Gas-powered chainsaws priced at $350 or less
  • Portable generators priced at $1,000 or less
  • Other eligible items priced at $60 or less

Please visit the Department of Taxation website for additional information, including a complete list of exempt products and guidelines for retailers and consumers.

Due to legislation enacted earlier this year, subsequent hurricane preparedness sales tax holidays will take place in August at the same time as the back-to-school sales tax holiday and the tax-free period for certain energy efficient products.

Sales tax holidays are popular among consumers but create additional work for retailers. Simplify sales tax management by implementing automated sales tax Software-as-a-Service. Learn more.

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Sales tax rates, rules, and regulations change frequently. Although we hope you'll find this information helpful, this blog is for informational purposes only and does not provide legal or tax advice.
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.