Virginia’s Hurricane Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday
It’s smart to get ready for hurricane and flash flooding season, which arrives June 1st. And it’s smart to save money.
You can do both by shopping for such products as batteries, food storage containers, generators, first aid kits, bottled water, radios and more between May 25 and 31. When you do, you won’t pay sales tax on many useful products that cost up to $60 or on generators costing $1,000 or less. That’s a savings of 5 percent.
New for 2015! Gas-powered chainsaws that cost $350 or less and chainsaw accessories that cost $60 or less are tax free. A complete list of exempt items is available at www.tax.virginia.gov/salestaxholiday.
Purchasing supplies is important, but it’s critical to make a family emergency plan. Protect your family now by making a plan. It’s free, it’s simple, and it will make a big difference.
Frequently Asked Questions [149kb docx]
Media and Retail Partner Kit
- 30-second video
- Radio Public Service Announcements [30kb doc]
- Get Ready to Save Money! [40kb doc]
- List of Tax-Exempt Items [pdf]
- Sales Tax Holiday Flier [pdf]
Guidelines and rules for the Hurricane Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday are available from the Virginia Department of Taxation. For complete information, go to http://www.tax.virginia.gov/sites/tax.virginia.gov/files/media/documents/2014%20qualifying%20items.pdf
Virginia’s Hurricane Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday was approved by the General Assembly in 2007 and in April 2012, it was extended until 2017. The Code of Virginia was amended to include sales tax exemptions for certain hurricane preparedness equipment, and in 2013, the General Assembly added gas-powered chainsaws and chainsaw accessories to the list. To read the law, go to http://leg1.state.va.us/cgi-bin/legp504.exe?000+cod+58.1-611.3
Read more about hurricane season: http://www.vaemergency.gov/readyvirginia/stayinformed/hurricanes
Hurricane evacuation information: http://www.virginiadot.org/travel/hurricane_defauLT.asp
Storm surge maps for coastal Virginia: http://www.vaemergency.gov/readyvirginia/stay-informed/hurricane/storm-surge