Some Virginia residents, as well as folks in neighboring states, will be spending the long Columbus Day weekend shopping.
The reason: Friday, Oct. 8, through Monday, Oct. 11, is Virginia's annual Energy Star and WaterSense Sales Tax Holiday.
During these four days, certain energy-efficient appliances will be exempt from Virginia's state and local combined 5 percent sales tax.
Products priced at $2,500 or less each and which are purchased for noncommercial home or personal use will be tax-free.
Qualifying Energy Star items include dishwashers, washing machines, refrigerators, air conditioners, ceiling fans, compact fluorescent light bulbs and programmable thermostats.
Tax-exempt WaterSense items include bathroom sink faucets, faucet accessories, and toilets.
Do you live in Washington, D.C., Maryland, West Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee or North Carolina and need a new energy-efficient appliance? It might be worth hopping across the border to buy one tax-free.
Remember, though, you're likely to owe a use tax to your home state's tax collector.
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