Va. Hurricane Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday Begins this Weekend

May 23, 2013

Hurricane season is approaching, and officials are encouraging Virginians to be prepared.

Virginia’s Hurricane Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday, which runs May 25-31, exempts 22 categories of smaller items that you are likely to need during a major storm.

Items such as batteries, flashlights, duct tape, cell-phone chargers, and first aid kits are exempt from sales and use tax as long as each item costs less than $60.

Portable generators and inverters priced at $1,000 or less are also exempt during the holiday.

“I hope people pay attention to this sales tax holiday and take the time to prepare their homes and themselves for whatever may come our way, while saving some money,” said Governor Bob McDonnell. “In recent years, we’ve seen hurricanes, earthquakes, tropical storms and tornadoes in Virginia. Stocking up on water, flashlights, batteries, first aid kits and other essentials can make a big difference in an emergency.”

For a full list of tax-exempt products, answers to frequently asked questions, and guidelines for consumers and retailers, visit

Go to ReadyVirginia for information about putting together a family plan and supply kit for emergencies.

The 2013 hurricane season begins June 1.

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