Va. hurricane preparedness sales tax holiday begins May 25

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VIRGINIA (WAVY) – Virginia’s annual hurricane preparedness sales tax holiday begins May 25 this year and runs through May 31. It’s a good time to stock up on supplies for your home and business without having to pay sales tax.

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According to a news release from the City of Suffolk, this year residents can take advantage of the tax free status when purchasing gas-powered chainsaws that cost less than $350, and chainsaw accessories during the sales tax holiday.

Items with a price of $60 or less that are tax-exempt include:

• Artificial ice, blue ice, ice packs, reusable ice
• Batteries, excluding car or boat batteries
• Portable self-powered light sources, including flashlights and lanterns and glow sticks
• First aid kits
• Cell phone chargers
• Weather Band radios and NOAA Weather Radios
• Portable self-powered radios, including radios with electrical power capability
• Bottled water of any size, including flavored and carbonated
• Two-way radios
• Manual can openers
• Tarps, plastic sheeting, plastic drop cloths
• Bungee cords and rope
• Ground anchor systems, tie down kits
• Ratchet straps
• Duct tape
• Carbon monoxide and smoke detectors, fire extinguishers
• Empty gas, propane or diesel fuel tanks or containers
• Water storage containers such as buckets, barrels, canteens, coolers

Items with a price of $1000 or less that are tax-exempt include:

• Portable generators and generator power cords
• Inverters and inverter power cables.

(List provided by the City of Suffolk)

Click here for more information about the sales tax holiday. 

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