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

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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