If you’re in the market for a new appliance, this weekend is the annual Energy Star and WaterSense Sales Tax Holiday in Virginia:
During this period, purchases of certain Energy Star and WaterSense qualified products purchased for non-commercial use and costing $2,500 or less will be exempt from sales tax. The exempt Energy Star items include dishwashers, clothes washers, refrigerators, air conditioners, ceiling fans, compact fluorescent light bulbs, and programmable thermostats that carry the Energy Star designation. The exempt WaterSense items include bathroom sink faucets, faucet accessories, and toilets. Retailers may also choose to absorb the tax on other items during the holiday period, but they are responsible for paying the tax on those items to the Department of Taxation.
As always, the 5% tax savings doesn’t beat a great sale price, but is great (and significant when it comes to appliances) if you can combine it with finding what you need on sale.