August Sales Tax Holiday: School supplies and clothing

The first full weekend of August will be a sales tax holiday for folks purchasing school supplies and clothing.  During this three-day period – Aug. 5, 6, and 7 – purchases of qualifying school supplies, those selling for $20 or less per item plus purchases of qualifying clothing and footwear selling for $100 or less per item, will be exempt from sales tax.  Some retailers may also choose to absorb the tax on other items during the holiday period.

“School supply,” means an item that is commonly used by a student in a course of study. For purposes of the sales tax holiday, the term includes, “school art supply”, “school instructional material” and “school music supply.” The term does not include computers or “school computer supplies,” and such items may not be purchased exempt of the tax.

“School computer supply” is an item commonly used by a student in a course of study in which a computer is used. For purposes of the sales tax holiday, the term “school computer supply” is not included under the term, “school supply.” Any school computer supply is ineligible for exemption during the sales tax holiday.

“Clothing” means any article of wearing apparel and typical footwear intended to be worn on or about the human body. Clothing does not include sporting equipment or footwear designed primarily for athletic activity or protective use and not usually considered appropriate for everyday wear. These items may not be purchased exempt of the tax.

For a detailed list, visit www.tax.virginia.gov.

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