By MELINDA WILLIAMS
With June 1 marking the start of hurricane and flood season for Virginia, the commonwealth will hold a “Hurricane Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday” starting today to help families prepare for potential weather emergencies.
This year’s tax holiday runs May 25-31 and includes a new item that can be purchased sales tax free: gas powered chainsaws costing up to $350.
Other large-ticket items having a value of $1,000 or less, which are included in the sales tax holiday are portable generators, generator power cords, inverters and inverter power cables.
Items with a price of $60 or less that can be purchased without paying sales tax are:
•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
•Manual can openers
•Tarps, plastic sheeting, plastic drop cloths
•Bungee cords and rope
•Ground anchor systems, tie down kits
•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
For more information on the sales tax holiday, go to www.vaemergency.gov and www.ReadyVirginia.gov.