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Items added to Virginia's Hurricane Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday

May 16th, 2014 11:04 pm by Staff Report

Items added to Virginia's Hurricane Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday

RICHMOND — Virginia's upcoming Hurricane Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday the week of May 25-31 will include chainsaws and chainsaw accessories in a certain price range for the first time.

Virginia stages the one-week sales tax holiday period to encourage citizens to stock up on emergency preparedness type items. The 22 sales tax-exempt categories include smaller items like batteries, flashlights, bottled water, tarps, duct tape, fire extinguishers, cell phone chargers, smoke detectors, buckets, rope and first aid kits.

As long as each of the above items cost $60 or less, they are exempt from the retail sales and use tax.

This year, gas-powered chainsaws priced at $350 or less join the list of tax-exempt items, as well as chainsaw accessories that cost $60 or less.

Portable generators and inverters priced at $1,000 or less are also exempt during the weeklong tax holiday. For a full list of tax-exempt products, answers to frequently asked questions, and guidelines for consumers and retailers, visit the Virginia Department of Taxation's website.

Virginia Tax Commissioner Craig Burns said the emergency preparedness tax holiday is a good time for citizens "to assess how well you and your family are prepared for an emergency. Experience shows that Virginia gets its share of bad weather, so it makes good sense to not only stock up on what you need if an emergency hits, but to save money while doing so."

All Virginia retailers who sell the tax-exempt items are required to participate in the sales tax holiday. Retailers may also choose to pay the sales tax on any non-exempt items and pass the savings to customers.

For more information about putting together a family plan and supply kit for emergency situations, visit the Virginia Department of Emergency Management's www.ReadyVirginia.gov.

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