Appliance Sales Tax Holiday

Appliance Sales Tax Holiday

Energy Star Sales Tax Holiday FAQs

When will Virginia’s Energy Star and WaterSense Sales Tax Holiday take place?

The Energy Star and WaterSense Sales Tax Holiday for 2014 is scheduled to begin at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 10, and to end at midnight on Monday, Oct. 13.

Will the Energy Star and WaterSense Sales Tax Holiday take place every year?

Yes.  The Energy Star and WaterSense Sales Tax Holiday will be a recurring event, beginning at 12:01 a.m. on the Friday before the second Monday in October of every year and ending at midnight on the Monday immediately following. The annual Energy Star and WaterSense Sales Tax Holiday will expire on July 1, 2017.

What Energy Star items will be exempt from the retail sales and use tax during the Energy Star and WaterSense Sales Tax Holiday?

Exempt items include: any dishwasher, clothes washer, air conditioner, ceiling fan, compact fluorescent light bulb, dehumidifier, or refrigerator that satisfies the following requirements:

  • Has been designated by the United States Environmental Protection Agency and the United States Department of Energy as meeting or exceeding each such agency’s requirements under the Energy Star program;
  • Has a selling price of $2,500 or less per item; and
  • Is purchased for noncommercial or personal use

Do programmable thermostats qualify for exemption as Energy Star qualified products?

Although the statute granting the sales tax holiday exemption lists programmable thermostats as qualifying items, the Energy Star specification for programmable thermostats has been suspended, and the Energy Star label is no longer available for this category.

Will all Energy Star products be labeled as such in the stores?

Yes. Every Energy Star qualified product is affixed with an Energy Star label on the product itself or on the product’s packaging. However, every Energy Star product that is so labeled will not qualify for the Energy Star Sales Tax Holiday. Only those Energy Star dishwashers, clothes washers, air conditioners, ceiling fans, compact fluorescent light bulbs, dehumidifiers, and refrigerators, with a selling price of $2,500 or less per item, and that are purchased for noncommercial or personal use will be eligible for exemption during the Energy Star Sales Tax Holiday.

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