Safety First! (Look at Us Urging Responsibility! Huh.)

Ever heard of the Hurricane Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday? Yeah, well, we didn't think so. But it's set for May 25-31 in Virginia, and during that week, you won't have to pay sales tax on items traditionally associated with hurricane and flood preparedness.

OK, we know you probably aren't going to clear your schedule to go out and stock up on tarps, generators and walkie-talkies. But you can also avoid taxes on everyday items like bottled water and batteries, which you'd need regardless of some life-altering catastrophe. Either way, it's a win-win. (Unless your house is washed away in a flood. In that case, this really won't help at all.) 

Tax-exempted items include:

  • Bottled water
  • Flashlights
  • Batteries (including cell phone batteries) and cell phone chargers
  • Food and beverage storage coolers
  • Battery-powered or hand-crank radios
  • Two-way radios, weather band radios and NOAA weather radios
  • Carbon monoxide and smoke detectors
  • Fire extinguishers
  • First aid kits

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