- Last Updated on 08:04 AM 05/12/14
- BY Special to The Gazette
Safety officials are suggesting residents prepare themselves for the upcoming hurricane season by participating in Virginia’s annual Hurricane Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday May 25-31.
Residents can take advantage of the tax holiday by stocking up on supplies protecting their homes and businesses.
Hurricane season starts June 1 and ends around Nov. 30 each year.
“One of the best things you can do is prepare yourself and your family,” said Halifax County Emergency Services Coordinator Kirby Saunders.
“Preparedness is critically important year round, and we all have a role to play.”
Hurricane preparedness items costing less than $60 and exempt from the retail sales and use tax May 25-31 include:
• Artificial ice, blue ice, ice packs and reusable ice
• Batteries, excluding automobile or boat batteries
• Portable self-powered light sources
• Tarpaulins and other flexible waterproof sheeting
• Bungee cords
• Ratchet straps
• Smoke detectors
• Fire extinguishers
• Gas, diesel fuel tanks or containers
• Bottled water
• Portable self-powered radios
• Two-way radios
• Storm shutter devices
• Cell phone chargers
• First aid kits
Items costing less than $1,000 and exempt from the tax include portable generators and generator power cords and inverters and inverter power cables.
Gas-powered chain saws with a selling price of $350 or less and chain saw accessories with a sales price of $60 or less can be purchased exempt of the retail sales and use tax from May 25-31.
Chain saw accessories exempt from the tax include:
• Chain saw bar and nose lubricants
• Two-cycle motor oil
• Chain sharpener and files
• Carrying cases and scabbards
• Safety apparel such as chaps, gloves, hearing protectors, helmets and protective glasses
• Repair parts
The Virginia Department of Taxation’s Hurricane Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday Guidelines and Rules are available online at www.tax.virginia.gov/site.cfm?alias=HurricanePreparednessEquipmentHoliday.
For additional information on hurricane preparation, visit the Virginia Department of Emergency Management website at www.vaemergency.gov.