Governor Announces Tax-Free Back-to-School Shopping

Posted: July 28, 2010 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: July 27, 2010 at 2:12 pm

Gov. Bob McDonnell announced the state’s fifth annual tax-free back-to-school shopping period, which will take place Friday, Aug. 6, through Sunday, Aug. 8.

The state’s sales tax holiday is intended to relieve the financial burden on families preparing for their children to return to school.

The list of items exempt from the 5 percent state and local retail sales tax is the same as in previous years. Included items are

  • School supplies, such as notebooks, pencils, calculators, dictionaries, backpacks and lunchboxes each priced at $20 or less
  • Clothing and footwear, such as jeans, shorts, dresses, raincoats, hats, sandals and sneakers each priced at $100 or less

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 must 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 Click on the sales tax holiday logo under Announcements to go to the Sales Tax Holiday Information Center.

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.

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