Sales Tax Holiday Starts on August 6th
It’s that time of year again to save some money on your purchases! The Virginia Sales Tax Holiday starts on Friday, August 6th, and ends on Sunday, August 8th at midnight. Most people are aware that they can save on qualifying purchases like clothing, shoes, school supplies. But emergency preparedness items like portable generators, gas-powered chainsaws, and other hurricane preparedness items. Also included are EnergyStar and WaterSense products for home use.
It’s important to know which items qualify and what the price limits are before you go shopping. Detailed lists of qualifying items and more information can be found in the Sales Tax Holiday Guidelines on the Virginia Department of Taxation’s website. Click the link for each category to see which items are eligible for the sales tax holiday and the dollar amount limit for eligible items.
Sales Tax Rates Updated in Certain Localities
In Virginia, the sales tax for most locations is 5.3% On July 1, certain Virginia counties had increases in their sales and use tax. In Charlotte, Gloucester, Northampton, and Patrick County the rate went up by 1% to a total rate of 6.3%. This includes the 4.3% state tax, the 1% local option tax, and the 1% additional tax for each county. The increase does not apply to food purchases for home consumption (such as groceries) or essential personal hygiene products, which are still taxed at the reduced rate of 2.5% in all of Virginia.
In Virginia, the sales tax rate varies depending on the locality, ranging from 5.3% to 7%. The Virginia Department of Taxation has a tool on their website that allows you to find the sales tax rate by typing in an address or selecting a city or county. If this tool would be helpful to you, please click on the sales tax rate lookup link on the following webpage: https://www.tax.virginia.gov/retail-sales-and-use-tax