As Virginia students prepare to head back to school, the Old Dominion State is giving shoppers a break on sales taxes for certain items. New this year is the combination of tax exclusions for hurricane preparation and water and energy conservation products with school supplies and clothing. Previously, Virginia held three separate tax holidays. See below for 2015 Virginia tax holiday dates, tax-exempt items and notable rules and exceptions. Limits shown reflect cost per item.

Sales tax holiday in Virginia

Tax holiday dates Aug. 7-9
Tax-exemption items and price limits
  • School supplies: $20 or less
  • Clothing and footwear: $100 or less
  • Products that meet Energy Star and WaterSense qualifications and are priced at $2,500 or less
  • Hurricane preparedness items, including portable generators priced at $1,000 or less, gas-powered chainsaws priced at $350 or less, chainsaw accessories priced at $60 or less and other eligible items priced at $60 or less
Notable holiday rules, exceptions School supplies are items commonly used by students, including art and music materials, but not computers.

Source: Virginia Department of Taxation