WISE — Yes, Virginia, there is a tax-free Santa Claus for the back-to-school crunch.
Virginia’s annual sales tax holiday for school supplies and clothing began at 12:01 a.m. Friday and lasts through midnight Sunday.
During this three-day period purchases of qualifying school supplies selling for $20 or less per item and purchases of qualifying clothing and footwear selling for $100 or less per item will be exempt from the state sales tax.
Retailers may also choose to absorb the tax on other items during the weekend tax holiday period, but they are responsible for paying the sales tax on those items.
School supplies refers to items commonly used by students and includes art, instructional material and music supply items. Among a range of items not covered are computers or computer supplies.
The state has an all inclusive ABC list of eligible school supply and clothing items at www.tax.virginia.gov.
While the items don’t need to be intended for use in school or in connection with a school activity to be eligible, the items make up a fairly commonsense list.
That list includes binders, book bags, calculators, crayons, dictionaries and thesauruses, dividers, erasers, legal pads, lunch boxes and lots and lots of other things.
Eligible clothing items covers practically anything that can be worn including coats, jackets, boots, choir and altar clothing.
A range of protective equipment is also not eligible, as is sports or recreational equipment.