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Here’s what you can buy — sales tax free — this weekend

Posted at 7:51 AM, Aug 07, 2015
and last updated 2015-08-07 19:27:03-04

RICHMOND, Va - If you need to trim down your back to school list or maybe just find some new pants, you may want to go shopping this weekend.  August 7-9 is Virginia's "Sales Tax Holiday," where the state waves sales tax on qualifying purchases. In the past, Virginia held three different tax free weekends each year, with different qualifying items each time; however, this year the General Assembly voted to combine them into one weekend of tax relief.

Here are the types of items that qualify:

  • School supplies - $20 or less per item
  • Clothing and footwear - $100 or less per item
  • Emergency Preparedness items (chainsaws, generators, etc.)
  • Energy Star or WaterSense appliances - $2,500 or less per item

The Department of Taxation put a full list of tax free items on its  website. Virginia's sales tax in 5.3 percent in the Richmond area. That means you will save about $50 on a $1,000 qualifying purchase this weekend.