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Tax-Free holiday for Hurricane Preparedness items

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RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) – For one week only, state-wide, you can save on sales tax in order to prepare for hurricanes.

It's a good day when all Kent Hope needs is a can of paint.

"If you live in Richmond- we've had a lot of floods, hurricanes, stuff of that nature," said Kent Hope. 

In the past 'stuff of that nature' has caused him a world of hurt. He's been forced to spend lots of money repairing storm damage. But nearly two years ago- he wised up and bought supplies for an emergency kit.

"We do have a first-aid kit, flashlights, always checking the batteries," he said.

If Kent needs anything else he needs to pick it up starting Tuesday when all hurricane preparedness items are tax-free.

"We've had a few customers asking about it," said Clay Butler with Pleasant's Hardware. "In the past the biggest thing has been people seem to be confused with exactly what's covered."

Ice packs, walkie-talkies, even fire extinguishers qualify- and so do generators. Watch out for the price because there is a price limit during this tax holiday. Generators and inverters must be $1,000 or less. All other items need to be under $60.

"Keep them in a backpack like this or a suitcase on wheels- something that is easy to transport," said Kim Leffler with the American Red Cross.

She says don't skimp on water and non-perishables. Families should have enough food and water to last three days.

"You really realize you need stuff until you actually need it and don't have it," said Hope.

And if you need it, but don't have it- chances are stores won't have it either. Shipments for supplies are also delayed by weather.

"We've been having some really crazy weather. There's no telling. It could hit at any time so I would say be prepared," Hope said. 

HURRICANE PREPAREDNESS SALES TAX HOLIDAY
LIST OF QUALIFYING ITEMS

May 25 – May 31

The following hurricane preparedness items may be purchased exempt of the Retail Sales and Use Tax during the "Hurricane Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday," provided that such items have a selling price of $60 or less per item.

• Artificial ice, blue ice, ice packs and reusable ice
• Batteries (excluding automobile or boat batteries), including
o AAA cell
o AA cell
o C cell
o D cell
o 6 volt
o 9 volt
o Cell phone batteries
• Any portable self-powered light sources including
o Flashlights
o Lanterns
o Glow sticks
• Tarpaulins, plastic sheeting, plastic drop cloths, and other flexible waterproof sheeting
• Bungee cords, rope
• Ground anchor systems or tie down kits
• Ratchet straps
• Duct tape
• Carbon monoxide detectors
• Smoke detectors
• Fire extinguishers
• Gas or diesel fuel tanks or containers
• Water storage containers
• Non-electric food storage coolers
• Bottled water
• Manual can openers
• Portable self-powered radios (including self-powered radios with electrical power capability)
• Two-way radios
• Weather band radios and NOAA weather radios
• Storm shutter devices
• Cell phone chargers
• First Aid Kits
Sales Price of $1,000 or less

The following hurricane preparedness items may be purchased exempt of the Retail Sales and Use Tax during the "Hurricane Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday," provided that such items have a selling price of $1000 or less per item.

• Portable generators and generator power cords
• Inverters and inverter power cables

The Virginia Department of Taxation's Hurricane Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday Guidelines and Rules are available online at www.tax.virginia.gov/salestaxholiday.

For additional information on hurricane preparation, visit the Virginia Department of Emergency Management website at www.vaemergency.com.

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