Back-to-school sales tax holiday returns Friday
It’s time to make your shopping list because Virginia’s sales tax holiday for clothing, footwear, and school and office supplies begins Friday.
For the ninth straight year, many clothing items, shoes, and school and office supplies will be sales tax-free during the first full weekend in August, which is this Friday through Sunday.
During the three-day event, most school and office supplies that cost $20 or less each, as well as clothing items and pairs of shoes priced at $100 or less each will be exempt from Virginia’s 5.3 percent state and local sales tax.
The list of tax-exempt items is the same as last year. It includes pens, pencils, loose-leaf ruled notebook paper, scissors, binders, backpacks, construction paper, sneakers, hats, shirts, dresses, jeans, bathing suits, diapers, T-shirts, and many more items. There is no requirement that the purchases be made for school purposes. All retailers who sell the exempt items are required to participate.