Tax-Free Weekend 2016

Sales Tax Holiday 2016

tax free weekend 2016


August 5 – 7, 2016

The 2016 Virginia three-day tax-free holiday will begin on Friday, August 5, at 12:01 a.m. and end on Sunday, August 7, at 11:59 p.m.

Under Virginia law, the tax rate is generally 5.3% (6% in certain jurisdictions) of the sales price and the tax rate on sales of food for home consumption is 2.5%. During this tax-free holiday weekend, consumers may purchase qualified items exempt of the sales and use tax.
On August 5-7, shoppers are encouraged to buy back-to-school items and take necessary precautions during hurricane season without paying state and local sales tax.

This holiday is not restricted to Virginia residents – anyone can purchase exempt items in Virginia during this holiday weekend, or buy exempt items for immediate delivery to a Virginia address well.

That means that during the sales tax holiday period, consumers can purchase qualifying school supplies, clothing, footwear, hurricane and emergency preparedness items, and Energy Star and WaterSense products without paying sales tax. This includes qualifying items purchased online, by mail or over the phone.

In addition to the specific items exempted, retailers may also choose to offer other items “tax-free” by paying the sales tax themselves during the holiday.

Overview of Exempt Items

School Supplies, Clothing, and Footwear:

Qualified school supplies – $20 or less per item
Qualified clothing and footwear – $100 or less per item

< $20 Purchases of certain school supplies, clothing and footwear are exempt from the Virginia sales tax. Each eligible school supply item must be priced at $20 or less, and each eligible article of clothing and footwear must be priced at $100 or less. For a Detailed list of school supplies, clothing and footwear click on the link below:


Hurricane and Emergency Preparedness Items:   

Portable generators – $1,000 or less per item
Gas-powered chainsaws – $350 or less per item
Chainsaw accessories – $60 or less per item
Other specified hurricane preparedness items with a sales price of $60 or less per item

For a Detailed list of hurricane preparedness items click on the link below:


Energy Star and WaterSense Items:

Qualifying items carrying either the Energy Star or WaterSense label with a sales price of $2,500 or less purchased for noncommercial home or personal use.

Qualifying Energy Star items include dishwashers, clothes washers, air conditioners, ceiling fans, light bulbs, dehumidifiers, and refrigerators

Qualifying WaterSense items include bathroom sink faucets, faucet accessories such as aerators and shower heads, toilets, urinals, and landscape irrigation controllers

For a Detailed list of Energy Star and WaterSense items click on the link below: