A Green Tax Holiday in Virginia

Virginia is offering consumers the ability to purchase certain energy efficient products tax-free this weekend. All retailers of these products must take part in the sales-tax holiday.

The governor signed legislation to create the Energy Star Sales Tax Holiday, which will run from Friday, Oct. 5 through Monday, Oct. 8.

Energy Star qualifications mean that the products meet stringent energy efficiency requirements set by the U.S. Energy Department and Environmental Protection Agency. Virginians can visit their local retailer and save both state and local sales stax on qualifying products that cost $2,500 or less.

Eligible products are ceiling fans, compact fluorescent lightbulbs (CFLs), dehumidifiers, dishwashers, programmable thermostats, refrigerators, room air conditioners and clothes washers.

Small business retailers take note. "Any dealer who collects the sales or use tax on nontaxable transactions must remit to the Department of Taxation such erroneously or illegally collected tax unless he can show that the tax has been refunded to the purchaser or credited to the purchaser's account," according to the department's Web site.

General details are available online from Virginia's Department of Taxation. Frequently asked questions by retailers and the state's answers are here.

The Energy Star sales-tax holiday will be an annual event. It will begin at 12:01 a.m. on the Friday before the second Monday in October of every year and end at midnight the following Monday. The annual Energy Star Sales Tax Holiday is set to expire July 1, 2012.

By Sharon McLoone |  October 4, 2007; 6:00 AM ET Calendar Events
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