Sales Tax Holiday

I wanted to let you know that NEXT weekend, August 7-9, 2009, is the annual Virginia “Sales Tax Holiday” on school supplies and clothing.  Especially during these tough economic times, I wanted to make sure you had this cost-saving information if you will be doing back-to-school shopping this year.

Several years ago, I worked with the General Assembly to approve an annual Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday in early August.  I helped get this law passed to help parents acquire the things their kids need for school.

Some information on this year’s “Back to School” Sales Tax Holiday:

A Sales Tax Holiday is a temporary period when certain purchases are exempt from Virginia’s sales tax.  In 2006, the General Assembly approved Virginia’s Sales Tax Holiday to take place each year on the first full weekend in August.

In 2009, the Sales Tax Holiday will begin at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, August 7th and end at midnight on Sunday, August 9th.

During Virginia’s Sales Tax Holiday, purchases of school supplies selling for $20 or less per item, and articles of clothing, including footwear, selling for $100 or less per item, will be exempt from sales tax. All retailers selling these items MUST participate in the Sales Tax Holiday. Sales tax exemptions do not apply to items selling for more than the amounts listed.

Retailers may also choose to absorb the sales tax on other items during the Sales Tax Holiday, but they are responsible for paying the tax themselves to the Department of Taxation.

I hope you enjoy the Back-to-School shopping season!

Delegate David B. Albo

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