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2013 Virginia Sales Tax Holiday

Back-to-School Savings Through Virginia's Sales Tax Holiday


Virginia's sales tax holidays apply to three different categories -- hurricane and emergency preparedness (May 25-31, 2013, back-to-school shopping (August) and Energy Star products (October 11-14, 2013). Dollar limits are per item.

Items put in layaway during the sales tax holiday are exempt from taxes. Items in layaway prior to the tax free weekend are not taxable as long as they are paid off during the tax holiday.

Neighbors North Carolina, Tennessee, Washington, D.C. and West Virginia also hold annual sales tax holidays.

Virginia Sales Tax Holiday Dates

August 2-4, 2013

Clothing Exempt from Virginia Sales Tax

Clothing must cost under $100 for these qualifying items:
  • Athletic Supporters
  • Baby Clothes
  • Bandannas
  • Bathing Suits
  • Belts and Suspenders
  • Blouses
  • Caps and Hats
  • Coats and Jackets
  • Costumes (not rented)
  • Coveralls
  • Diapers (adult and baby, cloth and disposable)
  • Dresses
  • Ear Muffs
  • Formal Wear (not rented)
  • Gloves and Mittens (general use)
  • Gym Suits
  • Hosiery
  • Jeans
  • Jerseys (athletic and non-athletic)
  • Leg Warmers
  • Leotards and Tights
  • Neckwear
  • Rain Wear
  • Shirts
  • Shorts
  • Skirts
  • Sleepwear
  • Socks
  • Undergarments
  • Uniforms
See a complete list.

Footwear Exempt from Virginia Sales Tax

Footwear less than $100 is exempt from sales tax, including:
  • Boots
  • Flip-Flops
  • Overshoes
  • Rubber Shoes
  • Sandals
  • Sneakers
  • Steel-Toed Shoes

School Supplies Exempt from Sales Tax

School supplies are not subject to tax if they cost $20 or less. Qualifying school supplies are:
  • Binders and Pockets
  • Blackboard Chalk
  • Book Bags
  • Calculators
  • Cellophane Tape
  • Clay and Glazes
  • Compasses
  • Composition Books
  • Crayons
  • Dictionaries and Thesauruses
  • Dividers
  • Erasers
  • Folders (expandable, manila, plastic and pocket)
  • Glue, Paste and Paste Sticks
  • Highlighters
  • Index Cards and Boxes
  • Legal Pads
  • Lunch Boxes
  • Markers
  • Musical Instruments, Accessories and Replacement Items
  • Notebooks
  • Paintbrushes for Artwork
  • Paints (acrylic, oil and tempera)
  • Paper
  • Pencil and School Supply Boxes
  • Pencils and Pens
  • Protractors
  • Reference Maps and Globes
  • Rulers
  • Scissors
  • Sheet Music
  • Sketch and Drawing Pads
  • Watercolors
  • Writing Tablets

Books Exempt from Sales Tax

These educational books under $20 are tax free:
  • Reference Books
  • Textbooks
  • Workbooks

Taxable Items

Sporting goods, recordable CDs and DVDs, electronic schedulers, printers and printer supplies are some of the items that do not qualify for the sales tax holiday.

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