2018 Tax Free Weekend

Tax free weekend 2018 is here and we have all the information you need to get the most out of your shopping trip.

The holiday is the first weekend in August, spanning from Friday, Aug. 3 until the following Sunday, Aug. 5.  Shoppers all over Hampton Roads can save some change by not having to pay sales tax on certain items purchased. You can even take advantage of these deals online!

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According to The Virginia Tax website, here are all the items that will be tax-free eligible over the weekend.

School supplies — $20 or less per item: 

 Binder pockets
 Binders
 Blackboard chalk
 Book bags, messenger bags, and totes
 Calculators
 Cellophane tape
 Clay and glazes
 Compasses
 Composition books
 Computer storage media; diskettes; recordable compact discs; and flash drives
 Crayons
 Dictionaries and thesauruses
 Disinfectant wipes
 Dividers
 Erasers (including dry erase marker erasers and dry erase marker cleaning solution)
 Folders: expandable, pocket, plastic, and manila
 Glue, paste, and paste sticks
 Hand sanitizer soap
 Highlighters
 Index card boxes
 Index cards
 Legal pads
 Lunch boxes and lunch bags (including disposable lunch bags)
Markers (including dry erase markers and dry erase marker kits)
 Musical instruments, musical instrument accessories, and replacement items for musical instruments
 Notebooks
 Paintbrushes for artwork
 Paints (acrylic, tempera, and oil)
 Paper: loose leaf ruled notebook paper, copy and printer paper, graph paper, tracing paper, manila paper, colored paper, poster board, and construction paper
 Pencil boxes and other school supply boxes
 Pencil sharpeners
 Pencils
 Pens
 Protractors
 Reference books
 Reference maps and globes
 Rulers
 Scissors
 Sheet music
 Sketch and drawing pads
 Textbooks
 Tissues
 Watercolors
 Workbooks; and
 Writing tablets

(Note: Items do not need to be purchased for school use or in
connection with a school activity to be eligible for exemption.)


Clothing and footwear — $100 or less per item:

Aprons, household and shop
 Athletic supporters
 Baby bibs and clothes
 Baby receiving blankets
 Bandanas
 Bathing suits, swim trunks, cover-ups and bathing caps
 Beach capes and coats
 Belts
 Boots
 Choir and altar clothing
 Clerical vestments
 Coats, jackets, and windbreakers
 Corsets and corset laces
 Costumes (sold not rented)
 Coveralls
 Diapers, children and adult, including disposable diapers
 Dresses
 Ear muffs
 Footlets
 Formal wear for men and women (sold, not rented)
 Fur coats and stoles, shawls and wraps
 Garters and garter belts
 Girdles
 Gloves and mittens for general use
 Golf clothing, caps, dresses, shirts, skirts, pants
 Gym suits and uniforms
 Hats and caps
 Hosiery
 Insoles, inserts for shoes
 Jerseys (both athletic and non-athletic)
 Lab coats
 Legwarmers
 Leotards and tights
 Lingerie
 Neckwear, including bow ties, neckties, and scarves
 Nightgowns, pajamas, and other nightwear
 Overshoes and rubber shoes
 Raincoats, rain hats, and ponchos
 Robes
 Rubber pants
 Rubber thong/flip-flops
 Sandals
 Scarves
 Shirts and blouses
 Shoes and shoe laces
 Shorts
 Skirts
 Slacks
 Slippers
 Slips
 Sneakers
 Socks and stockings, including athletic socks
 Steel toed shoes
 Suits
 Suspenders
 Underwear or undergarments
 Uniforms, athletic and non-athletic
 Vests
 Wedding apparel, including veils (sold not rented)

(Note:  This is not an all-inclusive list. Any other item that meets the definition of clothing and has a sales price of $100 or less per item may be purchased exempt of the tax.)

There are other items included in the holiday for hurricane preparedness such as portable generators — $1,000 or less per item, gas-powered chainsaws — $350 or less per item, Chainsaw accessories — $60 or less per item and “Energy Star” or “WaterSense” products for non-commercial use — $2,500 or less per item.

A detailed list of INELIGIBLE items can be found at this link.