Back to School Sales Tax Holiday Set for Aug. 5-7

Posted: August 1, 2011 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: July 28, 2011 at 10:01 pm

Gov. Bob McDonnell announced that Virginia’s sixth annual back-to-school sales tax holiday will take place Aug. 5-7.

During this period, many school supplies and clothing items will be exempt from state and local sales tax, easing the financial burden of families as they prepare to send their children back to school, although the exemption is available to everyone, not just those preparing for school.

As in past years, a variety of school supplies, including notebooks, pens, binders, calculators, paints and crayons, will be tax-free as long as each item costs $20 or less.

Most clothing items and footwear will also be exempt from the 5 percent sales tax as long as each item is priced at $100 or less.

There is no limit on the number of items you can purchase tax-free as long as each item qualifies.

Lists of eligible items, along with guidelines and frequently asked questions for both consumers and retailers, are posted on the Department of Taxation website at

During the sales tax holiday, retailers may also choose to save taxpayers even more by opting to pay the sales tax themselves on items that are not exempt under the guidelines.






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