BIGSTOCK PENCILS SCHOOL SUPPLIES

Virginia's annual tax-free weekend is here and runs through Sunday, Aug. 7 at 11:59 p.m.

All school supplies priced at $20 or less, and clothing and shoes priced $100 or less, are exempt from sales tax during the tax holiday weekend.

According to the Virginia Department of Taxation, a school supply is “an item that is commonly used by a student in a course of study.” Items that qualify for the sales tax exemption include binders, chalk, book bags, calculators, tape, compasses, composition books, crayons, erasers, folders, glue, highlighters, index cards, lunch boxes, notebooks, paper, pencils, pens, rulers and scissors.

Clothing, not including sporting equipment, athletic footwear, or clothing accessories, is also included in the sales tax holiday.

The three-day tax holiday also includes tax-free hurricane and emergency preparedness products, including portable generators priced at $1,000 or less, gas-powered chainsaws at $350 or less, chainsaw accessories at $60 or less and other preparedness items under $60.

Several energy-saving products are also tax-free, including qualifying Energy Star and WaterSense appliances for home or personal use.

A complete list of items that can be purchased tax-free can be found online at www.tax.virginia.gov.

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