Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Back to School Sales Tax Holiday

It's that time of year again - just as in previous years, the Commonwealth is sponsoring a sales tax holiday as parents and students begin to prepare for the start of another school year. The sales tax holiday will run this weekend, August 5-7.

Please be sure to go out and patronize some of our local businesses who will reinvest your capital in our community.

The holiday applies to the following items:
  • All school supplies priced under $20

  • Most clothing and footwear under $100
This includes the following: Binder pockets, Binders, Blackboard Chalk,Book bags, Calculators, Cellophane tape, Clay and glazes, Compasses, Composition books, Crayons, Dictionaries and thesauruses, Dividers, Erasers (including dry erase marker erasers and dry erase marker cleaning solutions), Folders; expandable, pocket, plastic, and manila, Glue, paste, and paste sticks, Highlighters, Index cards, Index card boxes, Legal pads, Lunch boxes, 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 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, Watercolors, Workbooks; and Writing Tablets.

You can find a list of frequently asked questions on the Department of Taxation's website here. The sales tax holiday applies to everyone- not just those preparing for school, so be sure to head out and take advantage of the savings.

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