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Annual Sales Tax Holiday Returns August 6 - 8

County officials are encouraging  local residents to take advantage of Virginia’s annual sales tax holiday for school supplies, clothing and footwear which returns for the fifth year Aug. 6-8.   The list of items exempt from the 5 percent state and local retail sales tax is the same as previous years and includes school supplies like notebooks, pencils, calculators, dictionaries, backpacks and lunchboxes priced at $20 or less each.  The tax is also waived on clothing and footwear items like jeans, shorts, dresses, raincoats, hats, sandals and sneakers priced at $100 or less each.  As long as each item qualifies, there is no limit on the quantity you can buy tax-free.  And there is no requirement that the shopper be going back to school; these exemptions are available to everyone.   The complete lists of eligible items, sales tax holiday guidelines for consumers and retailers, and a list of frequently asked questions are available at  

“The recession has made Virginia’s citizens more frugal, and we encourage those who know that ‘every little bit counts’ to go shopping and save money, while helping to support local retailers and Virginia’s economy,” said Acting Tax Commissioner Craig Burns.  “This is the most popular Virginia sales tax holiday and the one that everyone can take advantage of.”

During the sales tax holiday period, retailers are also permitted to pay the sales tax themselves on any non-exempt item and pass the savings on to their customers.  The August sales tax holiday was enacted unanimously by the 2006 General Assembly.  Virginia also holds an Energy Star and WaterSense Products Sales Tax Holiday in October, and a Hurricane Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday in May.

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