Governor Announces National Hurricane Preparedness Week and Sales Tax Holiday

Posted: May 27, 2009 at 1:44 am, Last Updated: May 27, 2009 at 8:05 am

Virginia Gov. Timothy Kaine has recognized May 24-30 as National Hurricane Preparedness Week, and the commonwealth will mark its second annual Hurricane Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday now through Sunday, May 31.

During the sales tax holiday many items that are useful during and after a hurricane will be exempt from the 5 percent state and local sales tax. Twenty-two items will be tax exempt, including batteries, flashlights, bottled water, smoke detectors, fire extinguishers, first-aid kits and generators that cost $1,000 or less.

A complete list of tax-exempt products and frequently asked questions is available on the Tax Department’s web site at All Virginia retailers who sell the tax-exempt products are required by law to waive the sales tax on these items during the exemption period.

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