RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) -
This week marks “Hurricane Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday” in Virginia. People can stock up on certain supplies through May 31 and do not have to pay the sales tax.
Batteries, first aid kits, electrical cords, two-way and weather radios are some of the items tax-free this week. People can also save on water, flashlights and smoke detectors. Big-ticket items like generators are also tax-free, if they are $1,000 or less.
The official start to hurricane season is June 1, but forecasters are already predicting several storms. Pleasants Hardware Assistant Store Manager Aaron Spencer said it’s important to get prepared before a hurricane hits. "Very important because when it does happen, you get to the store and there may not be batteries, or water,” Spencer said.
“I think it’s an outstanding idea,” said store customer Chris Miller. He has kept his basement full of dry goods and supplies ever since Hurricane Isabelle hit several years ago. “We have probably about 50 gallons of water, extra propane tanks,” Miller said. He recommended other people take the same precautions.
For a complete list of tax-free items this week visit Virginia.gov.