Back to School

Sales tax holiday on for this weekend

Like the two-minute warning in football, back-to-school shopping season means something fun is about to be over.

At least the state takes some of the sting out of it by offering a back-to-school state sales tax holiday.

And because, like school, the hurricane season hits Virginia at the end of August and early September, hurricane preparedness items are also offered sans the state's 5.5 percent sales tax.

And, for efficiency's sake a third tax holiday, for energy-saving or water-saving appliances, has also been wrapped into the tax holiday which began Friday morning and continues until 11:59 p.m. Sunday.

"This sales tax holiday will make items that help...