Virginia October Sales Tax Holiday: Energy Star and WaterSense Qualified Products
This tax holiday begins on the Friday before the second Monday of October each year. The 2011 holiday will take place Friday, October 7, 2011, through Monday, October 10, 2011.
During this period, purchases of certain Energy Star and WaterSense qualified products purchased for non-commercial use and costing $2,500 or less will be exempt from Virginia sales tax. The exempt Energy Star items (Energy Star designation) include:
- clothes washers,
- air conditioners,
- ceiling fans,
- compact fluorescent light bulbs, and
- programmable thermostats.
The exempt WaterSense items include:
- bathroom sink faucets,
- faucet accessories, and
Retailers may also choose to absorb the tax on other items during the holiday period, but they are responsible for paying the tax on those items to the Department of Taxation. More information about the tax holiday is available at the Virginia Department of Taxation website here. To learn more about the energy star designation, visit the Energy Star website here. For more on WaterSense, visit EPA’s WaterSense website here.