What's Taxed and What's Not During Tax Holidays in Maryland, Virginia This Weekend

Getting ready to load up on school supplies for back to school? In Virginia, you won't have to pay sales tax on many supplies during a sales tax holiday this weekend, while Maryland will have tax exemptions on some clothing and footwear during its tax free holiday.

The holiday will last from Friday, Aug. 5 through Sunday, Aug. 7 and includes certain school supplies, clothing and footwear. Some emergency-preparedness items and energy-efficient appliances also will be tax-free.

Tax exempt items in Virginia include:

Most school and office supplies, such as pens, loose-leaf paper, scissors, binders, backpacks, and construction paper, priced at $20 or less.

Clothing and footwear, priced at $100 or less per item or pair.

Batteries, flashlights, bottled water, tarps, duct tape, fire extinguishers, cell-phone chargers, smoke detectors, buckets, rope, and first aid kits, priced at $60 or less.

Gas-powered chainsaws, priced at $350 or less, and chainsaw accessories, priced at $60 or less.

Portable generators, priced at $1,000 or less.

Energy Star-labeled dishwashers, washing machines, air conditioners, ceiling fans, light bulbs, dehumidifiers, and refrigerators, priced at $2,500 or less.

WaterSense-labeled sink faucets, faucet accessories, aerators, shower heads, toilets, urinals, and landscape irrigation controllers, priced at $2,500 or less.

If you need more information, visit the Virginia Department of Taxation's web page.

Shop Maryland Tax-Free Week will last from Sunday, Aug. 14, to Saturday, Aug. 20. That tax exemption will only apply to clothing and footwear priced at $100 or less. The holiday does not apply to accessories.

For more information, visit the Comptroller of Maryland's website.

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