Save money on back to school tax holiday



Virginia’s annual back to school sales tax holiday will be from Aug. 2 to 4 this year. As in years before, certain school supplies, clothing and footwear will be exempt from Virginia sales tax.


School supplies will be tax free as long as individual items costs $20 or less; clothing and footwear will be exempt as long as they are $100 or less. The number of items shoppers can purchase tax-free is limitless as long as each one is on the list of supplies; and all shoppers can benefit, not merely those readying themselves or their children for school.


In addition, retailers who choose may pay the sales tax themselves on supplies not listed in the guidelines. Supplies not included in the sales tax holiday include computer, protective and sports supplies, such as printers, facemasks and baseball gloves. Clothing accessories, such as wigs, cosmetics or briefcases, are also not covered.


Supplies that are part of the holiday include, but are not limited to, binders and binder pockets, book bags, calculators, composition books, crayons, dictionaries, erasers, folders, glue, highlighters, index cards, legal pads, lunch boxes, markers, notebooks, musical instruments, paints and paintbrushes, paper, pencils, pens, rulers, scissors, sheet music, textbooks, workbooks and writing tablets.


Clothing and footwear that are part of the holiday include, but are not limited to, athletic supporters, baby bibs and clothes, bathing suits, swim trunks, cover-ups and bathing caps, belts and suspenders, boots, coats, jackets, and windbreakers, costumes (sold, not rented), dresses.


Also ear muffs, formal wear for men and women (sold, not rented), gloves and mittens for general use, gym suits and uniforms, hats and caps, jeans, raincoats, rain hats, and ponchos, rubber thong/flip-flops, shirts and blouses, shoes and shoe laces, shorts, skirts, slacks, sneakers, socks and stockings and underwear.


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