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When is Virginia’s Hurricane Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday? It begins at 12:01 a.m. Aug. 5 and ends at midnight Aug. 7. During this period, purchase of certain supplies and equipment needed for hurricane/flood preparedness will be exempt from sales tax.
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:
What types and sizes of bottled water qualify? All single bottles of water and multipacks of bottles are exempt. All types of bottled water, including flavored and carbonated, qualify for the exemption. There are no size restrictions.
Are solar, hand-cranked or other devices that generate electricity exempt? Yes, as long as they have a sales price of $1,000 or less.
Water storage containers can be purchased without sales tax. What are examples of these? Any water barrel, water bucket, canteen, water can, water cooler or other container appropriate for storing water qualifies for the sales tax exemption.
Are candles covered? No, the exemption does not apply to any type of candles. Battery-powered, solar-powered or hand-cranked flashlights are much safer than candles during emergencies.
Are gasoline cans and propane tanks included? Yes. Empty gasoline, diesel and propane fuel tanks or containers with a selling price of $60 or less are included under the exemption for hurricane preparedness equipment.
Are any food items, such as nonperishable canned goods, exempted from sales tax during the holiday? No. The legislation under which the Hurricane Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday was enacted does not provide an exemption for food purchases.
Guidelines and rules for the Hurricane Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday are available from the Virginia Department of Taxation: http://www.tax.virginia.gov/content/sales-tax-holiday
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://townhall.virginia.gov/L/GetFile.cfm?File=C:%5CTownHall%5Cdocroot%5CGuidanceDocs%5C161%5CGDoc_TAX_5799_v1.pdf
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
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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