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.
When is Virginia’s Hurricane Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday? It begins at 12:01 a.m. May 25 and ends at midnight May 31. During this period, purchase of certain supplies and equipment needed for hurricane/flood preparedness will be exempt from sales tax.
Legislation enacted by the 2015 General Assembly combines the three existing sales tax holidays into one, three-day holiday in August. Because the legislation takes effect July 1, 2015, it does not affect the Hurricane and Emergency Preparedness Equipment Sales Tax Holiday scheduled in May 2015. However, in subsequent years this sales tax holiday will only be held in August.
What items are exempt from sales tax? Many items used every day are included, such as batteries and flashlights; bottled water and coolers; tarps, plastic sheeting and duct tape; smoke detectors and fire extinguishers; portable radios; cell phone chargers; first aid kits and more. Portable generators and inverters also are included as well as chainsaws and chainsaw accessories. A complete list can be found here:
Frequently Asked Questions [149kb docx]
Media and Retail Partner Kit
- Governor's Proclaimation
- 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