FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: JULY 30, 2018
Virginians are encouraged to use the holiday to make purchases to prepare their home, business and family for all hazards
RICHMOND — Virginia’s annual sales tax holiday is often associated with back-to-school shopping purchases but the Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM) encourages all Virginians to print, review and use the VDEM sales tax holiday checklist. Many hurricane and emergency preparedness products are eligible for tax-free savings; therefore residents should take this opportunity to make tax-free purchases that will assist them when responding to an emergency or disaster. The three-day sales tax holiday starts the first Friday in August, Aug. 3, at 12:01 a.m., and ends the following Sunday, Aug. 5, at 11:59 p.m.
Items to help Virginians prepare for and recover from all hazards, including hurricanes, floods, and tornadoes include: batteries, light sources, radios, miscellaneous items, chain saws, portable generators and Energy Star and WaterSense products. For a comprehensive list of qualified items, visit http://www.vaemergency.gov/tax-free/ and download the checklist.
“Preparing your home, business and family for emergencies, including natural disasters, is vital to a sustainable recovery. Virginians should have an emergency communication plan, and assemble and maintain an emergency kit before disaster strikes,” said VDEM State Coordinator Jeff Stern. “The annual sales tax holiday is an opportunity for residents to make tax-free emergency preparedness purchases that prepare Virginians for disasters and assists them with recovery.”
Be ready. Be willing to help.
Virginia Disaster Relief Fund
How is the money distributed?
Fund proceeds will be distributed to local long-term recovery groups, members of the Virginia Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster and other non-profit and faith-based organizations as a grant.
Many of these groups work directly with individuals and families following a disaster.
How else can I donate?
The Virginia Disaster Relief Fund benefits projects that include: repair or rebuilding of underinsured dwellings, transportation assistance, replacing essential household items, helping renters establish new rental residence, temporary living expenses while recovering from loss, and more.
How can I donate?
If you want to help, send checks made payable to the Treasurer of Virginia with “Virginia Disaster Relief Fund” noted in the memo line to:
P.O. Box 1971
Richmond, VA 23218-1971