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Virginia's Tax Holiday for Emergency Supplies

Got duct tape? Virginia is waiving its 5 percent sales tax on almost anything that households ought to keep in stock in case of a blackout or emergency. The tax holiday runs all this week, through May 31. District and Maryland residents may find it worth crossing the Potomac to take advantage of the break.

In part, the list of qualifying items reads like a packing memo for a trip to the beach. Items costing up to $60 each qualify, including batteries, flashlights, lanterns, bottled water, water jugs, coolers, manual can openers, blue ice packs, tarps, plastic sheeting, duct tape, smoke detectors, fire extinguishers, portable radios, cell phone chargers and first aid kits.

Electricity generators priced up to $1,000 also qualify.

By Elizabeth Razzi  |  May 26, 2009; 6:00 AM ET
Categories:  Home features , Outdoors  
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