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Get energy-efficient appliances tax free

Tax holiday this weekend, Oct. 11-14

Virginia’s seventh annual Energy Star and WaterSense Sales Tax Holiday returns this Friday, Oct. 11, and lasts through Monday, Oct. 14 for the entire Columbus Day Holiday weekend.

In the market for a new kitchen appliance? Want a new clothes washer or ceiling fan? How about replacing showerheads? Considering updating your bathroom with new faucet fixtures or low water-flow toilet? Or are you just thinking about buying some compact fluorescent light bulbs to replace the conventional bulbs throughout your house to save on electricity?

All those products and more are eligible to be sold sales-tax-free in Virginia during the Columbus Day holiday weekend of Oct. 11-14.

Each qualifying product must cost $2,500 or less, have either an Energy Star or WaterSense label affixed, and be purchased for personal or noncommercial use.  

Qualifying Energy Star products include air conditioners, ceiling fans, washing machines, dishwashers, dehumidifiers, refrigerators and compact fluorescent light bulbs. WaterSense labeled sink faucets, faucet accessories, toilets, shower heads, urinals and landscape irrigation controllers will also be tax-exempt.

MCDONNELL TOUTS BENEFITS OF SAVINGS      
Governor Bob McDonnell is urging Virginians to benefit from this sales tax holiday.

“If there’s one thing most of us can relate to this time of year, it’s a desire to lower our energy bills,” McDonnell said last week, adding it was also good for the environment.  

McDonnell added, “Even if you’re not in the market for new appliances, everyone needs light bulbs, and CFLs (compact fluorescent light bulbs) are included in the holiday. I urge everyone who needs these products to go out and take advantage of this long money-saving weekend.”

The Energy Star and WaterSense Sales Tax Holiday is scheduled to begin at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 11, 2013 and to end at midnight on Monday, Oct. 14, 2013.

GUIDELINES AND COMPLETE LIST POSTED ONLINE     
The Virginia Department of Taxation has posted guidelines, frequently asked questions, and a list of approved items on its website at tax.virginia.gov.

Purchases made online for qualifying Energy Star and WaterSense products will also be exempt from the sales tax, as long as the orders are placed during the Oct. 11-14 exemption period and the sellers have the items available for immediate shipment.

However, not every Energy Star product will qualify for the Energy Star Sales Tax Holiday.

Only those Energy Star dishwashers, clothes washers, air conditioners, ceiling fans, compact fluorescent light bulbs, dehumidifiers, programmable thermostats, and refrigerators, with a selling price of $2,500 or less per item, and that are purchased for noncommercial or personal use will be eligible for exemption during the Energy Star Sales Tax Holiday.

Those with a specific purchase in mind are urged to check the list at the state website noted above to ensure that purchase is sales tax-exempt.

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