Get ready for Tax-Free Weekend in Virginia

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) — It’s perhaps one of the most useful weekends on the shopping calendar — Tax-Free Weekend.

For three days beginning Friday, Aug. 4, shoppers across the Commonwealth can save a little bit of money on certain things, by not having to pay sales tax.

Tax-Free Weekend is especially helpful for parents looking to get ahead on back-to-school shopping.

Many were out Friday at Office Depot taking advantage of the sales holiday.

“We’ve gotten binders, papers, pens, highlighters, notebooks — pretty much everything he needs for school,” said Cierra Reardon, who was out school shopping for two of her children.

The Virginia Tax website has a handy list of what is eligible for this weekend’s tax-free sale. This list includes:

  • School supplies — less than $20 per qualified item
  • Clothing and footwear — $100 or less per item
  • Portable generators — $1,000 or less per item
  • Gas-powered chainsaws — $350 or less per item
  • Chainsaw accessories — $60 or less per item
  • Energy Star or WaterSense products for home or personal use — $60 or less per item

A detailed rundown of what is considered a “qualified item” can be found at this list.

Tax-Free Weekend ends Sunday, Aug. 6 at 11:59 p.m.

Office Depot employees say it’s one of their busiest weekends

“I’m anticipating it to be very busy all weekend,” said Store Manager Scott Schumaker.

Those who want to help students in need can also grab extra supplies and donate to WAVY-TV 10’s Operation School Supplies campaign.

For more than two decades, WAVY and its partners have collected notebooks, paper, and other supplies that students need for the upcoming school. Last year, more than 50,000 items were donated.

Click here to learn more about how you can help.