Virginians get tax holiday to prep for hurricane season

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Local,Virginia,Steve Contorno

Hurricane season starts June 1, giving Virginians a week to prepare for it - and a chance to save some change in the process.

The state’s annual Hurricane Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday takes place May 25 through May 31. During that time, consumers can purchase certain items that cost less than $60 — like batteries, duct tape, cell phone chargers and first aid kits — and avoid paying state and local sales taxes.

Portable generators and inverters costing less than $1,000 are also exempt from sales tax.

Last year, Virginia was rocked by one disaster after another, including tornadoes in the southwest, a rare earthquake and the aftermath of Tropical Storm Irene.

The revenue impact to the state is estimated at $2.6 million.

“It is essential that citizens, as well as government and emergency response agencies, make appropriate preparations to deal with anything Mother Nature sends our way,” Gov. Bob McDonnell said.

It’s the first of three sales tax holidays the commonwealth “celebrates” each year. School supplies get a free pass from the tax in August while Energy Star and Water Sense appliance get their time in October.

A full list of items that qualify for the tax holiday can be found here.

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