Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday is August 5-7

Virginia’s sixth annual back-to-school sales tax holiday will take place Aug. 5-7.   During this three-day period, many school supplies and clothing items will be exempt from the state and local sales tax, easing the financial burden of families as they prepare to send their children back to school.

As in past years, a variety of school supplies, including notebooks, pens, binders, calculators, paints and crayons, will be tax-free as long as each item costs $20 or less.   Most clothing items and footwear will also be exempt from the 5 percent sales tax as long as they are priced at $100 or less each.   There is no limit on the number of items you can purchase tax-free as long as each item qualifies.   Lists of eligible items, along with guidelines and frequently asked questions for both consumers and retailers, are posted on the Department of Taxation website at

The sales tax holiday is available to anyone – not just those preparing for school – and all Virginia retailers who sell the exempt products must participate.   During the sales tax holiday, retailers may also choose to save taxpayers even more by opting to pay the sales tax themselves on items that are not exempt under the guidelines.