Virginia Tax Free Weekend August 3-8 2018 What you need to know Dave Martin Realty Group Real Estate Specialist Northern Virginia

WEEKEND AUG 3 - 5 2018

Its time to make that list and check it twice no it's not Christmas but for many area parent's in the Northern Virginia area its every bit as exciting and anticipated. It’s that time of year when parents fill shopping carts with school supplies and school clothes for the kids.

Virginia Tax Free Weekend starts Friday, August 3 at 12:01 a.m. and ends at 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, August 5.

During those three days, shoppers can buy certain qualifying school supplies, clothing, footwear. As well as many household items including hurricane and emergency preparedness items and Energy Star and WaterSense products without paying tax. There are more than 150 different type of items that qualify.

There are price caps for the items to qualify. Things like crayons, notebooks, pencils must cost $20 or less for each item. Clothing and footwear like dresses, pants, sneakers must be $100 or less.

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Portable generators -- $1,000 or less
Gas-powered chainsaws -- $350 or less
Chainsaw accessories -- $60 or less
Other -- $60 or less
Energy Star & WaterSense

Noncommercial home or personal use -- $2,500 or less

So what is the weekend all about and how can you take advantage? 
During the sales tax holiday, you can buy qualifying school supplies, clothing, footwear, hurricane and emergency preparedness items, and Energy Star™ and WaterSense™ products without paying sales tax.

What items are eligible?

  1. School supplies, clothing, and footwear VIP Home Buyer Benefits Save $5000 or more Guaranteed Dave Martin Realtor Northern Virginia
  2. Qualified school supplies - $20 or less per item
  3. Qualified clothing and footwear - $100 or less per item
  4. Hurricane and emergency preparedness products  
  5. Portable generators - $1,000 or less per item
  6. Gas-powered chainsaws - $350 or less per item
  7. Chainsaw accessories - $60 or less per item
  8. Other specified hurricane preparedness items - $60 or less per item 
  9. Energy Star™ and WaterSense™‚Äč products 
  10. Qualifying Energy Star™ or WaterSense™ products purchased for noncommercial home or personal use - $2,500 or less per item

Virginia's annual sales tax holiday is August 3-5, 2018. During the tax holiday, you can buy qualifying school supplies, clothing, shoes, hurricane and emergency preparedness items, and Energy Star™ and WaterSense™ products without paying sales tax.




Products that do not qualify during Virginia’s Tax-Free Weekend
Not all items qualify for a tax exemption during Tax Free Weekend, including certain types of clothing accessories. Examples of ineligible products are:

  1. Handbags
  2. Briefcases
  3. Wallets
  4. Barrettes
  5. Hair bows
  6. Hair nets
  7. Jewelry
  8. Watches
  9. Sunglasses.

For more information on items eligible for tax exemption, see the full lists of qualifying school supplies and clothing, hurricane preparedness items, and energy-efficient appliances from the Virginia Department of Taxation site.

Got questions? We’ve got answers. Scroll through our list of frequently asked questions to see if we’ve addressed yours.

Do used school supplies, clothing, and appliances qualify for exemption?

Yes. Both new and used purchases may qualify for tax exemption if they meet the criteria.

Can I use a gift card to purchase tax-free items?

Yes. You can purchase tax-free items with a gift card, but you cannot use a gift card to decrease the purchase price of an item so it qualifies for the exemption.

Can I use a coupon or discount towards an exempt item?

Yes. Coupons and discounts may be applied to tax-free items. If the reduced sale price is below the product threshold, the item will qualify for the tax exemption—even if the retail price does not. This makes Virginia’s tax-free holiday a bit more flexible than some other states’, which take into account only the tag price. To find coupons and deals to apply to your purchases, check out our school supplies and clothing offers.

Do online purchases qualify for tax exemption?

Yes. Tax-free items may be purchased in stores, online, by mail or by telephone. Online purchases must be ordered and the order must be accepted by the merchant during the tax-free holiday window.

This information about "Virginia Tax Free Sales Tax Shopping Days" is brought to you courtesy of  Dave Martin Realty Group, your Northern Virginia residential real estate experts. If you're considering selling or buying a house in the Northern Virginia metro area, we'd love an opportunity to earn your business, provide you an outstanding experience, and demonstrate to you that:

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