Virginia Offers Hurricane Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday Week

May 15, 2009

The state is giving Virginia residents an incentive to prepare for hurricane season.

Virginia’s Hurricane Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday begins May 25 and runs through May 31. During the weeklong holiday, state and local sales taxes won’t be collected on generators costing $1,000 or less, or on nearly two dozen other items ranging from flashlights to duct tape.

The Atlantic hurricane season begins June 1.

The Virginia Department of Taxation said hurricanes and other major storms have caused more than $2 billion in damage in the state since 2003.

The General Assembly approved the tax break in 2007 and the
first holiday was observed in 2008.

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