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Tax-Free Holiday in Virginia This Weekend; Maryland Up Next



    Tax-Free Holiday in Va. Starts Fri.

    Virginia's tax holiday kicks off Friday and lasts through Sunday. (Published Friday, Aug. 3, 2018)

    Shoppers in Virginia won't have to pay sales taxes this weekend on certain items, and Maryland shoppers will get a chance to shop tax free later this month.

    Virginia's is set for the weekend of Aug. 3-5, when you won't be charged sales tax on qualifying school supplies, clothing, shoes, emergency prep items and Energy Star and WaterSense™ products.

    Here's what you can save on: 

    School supplies, clothing, and footwear:

    • Qualifying school supplies ($20 or less per item)
    • Qualifying clothing and footwear ($100 or less per item)

    Hurricane and emergency preparedness products:

    • Portable generators ($1,000 or less per item)
    • Gas-powered chainsaws ($350 or less per item)
    • Chainsaw accessories ($60 or less per item)
    • Other specified hurricane preparedness items ($60 or less per item) 

    Energy Star and WaterSense products:

    • Qualifying Energy Star or WaterSense products for noncommercial home or personal use ($2,500 or less per item)

    You can find more detailed lists of qualifying items online here.

    Maryland's tax-free holiday will follow, running for a week from Aug. 12 to Aug. 18. You won't have to pay sales tax on clothing and footwear that cost $100 or less per item. In addition, the first $40 of a backpack or bookbag will also be tax-free. 

    Find a list of Maryland's taxable and exempt items online here, and an FAQ on tax-free week in the state online here.

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