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Save Money: Virginia’s Hurricane Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday May 25-31
5/13/2014

Virginia’s annual Hurricane Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday is happening May 25-31.  This is the perfect time to create and stock up your emergency kit for your home, car, and office.

New this year: gas-powered chainsaws costing less than $350 and chainsaw accessories are tax free!  Among other items that are tax-exempt are these, with a price of $60 or less:

  • Artificial ice, blue ice, ice packs, reusable ice       
  • Batteries, excluding car or boat batteries
  • Portable self-powered light sources, including flashlights and lanterns and glow sticks
  • First aid kits
  • Cell phone chargers
  • Weather Band radios and NOAA Weather Radios
  • Portable self-powered radios, including radios with electrical power capability
  • Bottled water of any size, including flavored and carbonated
  • Two-way radios
  • Manual can openers
  • Tarps, plastic sheeting, plastic drop cloths
  • Bungee cords and rope
  • Ground anchor systems, tie down kits
  • Ratchet straps
  • Duct tape
  • Carbon monoxide and smoke detectors, fire extinguishers
  • Empty gas, propane or diesel fuel tanks or containers
  • Water storage containers such as buckets, barrels, canteens, coolers

Shop for items on this list that have a sales price of $1,000 or less:
• Portable generators and generator power cords
• Inverters and inverter power cables. 

Retail outlets will have information about the tax holiday.  For more information, go to www.vaemergency.gov and www.ReadyVirginia.gov
 


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