Back-to-School sales tax holiday returns

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RICHMOND, Va. (WAVY) – It may still be the height of summer, but it’s not too early to start thinking about back-to-school shopping. In fact, if you get an early start this weekend, you could save some money.

Virginia’s back-to-school sales tax holiday returns this year from Friday, August 1 through Sunday, August 3. Most school supplies that cost $20 or less each, and clothing items and shoes priced at $100 or less each will be sales tax-free all weekend. So, for example, if you spend $500 on qualifying items, you’ll save $30 in the Hampton Roads region where sales tax is 6 percent.

You don’t have to prove that the purchases will be used for school purposes. “Many families will be sending more than one child off to school soon and this gives them an opportunity to save money on purchases that are necessary to get them ready for class.  It also carries a universal appeal because everyone who wants to buy some clothes or office supplies can benefit during the three days of the holiday.  I urge all Virginians to go out and save some money, while supporting our retail community,” said Gov. Terry McAuliffe.

Online purchases of qualifying items are also tax-exempt during sales tax holiday.


While you are out shopping for back-to-school, consider helping students in need. WAVY TV 10 ‘s Operation School Supplies is underway. 

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