Virginia’s annual sales tax holiday weekend is Aug. 3-5

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 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