The D.C. region’s annual sales tax holiday is here, and this year, there is a focus on helping small businesses struggling during the coronavirus pandemic.
When: Aug. 9-15.
Qualifying items: Clothing and footwear items priced at $100 or less are exempt, regardless of how many items are purchased at the same time.
Additionally, the first $40 of any book bag or backpack is exempt, though any amount over the initial $40 is taxable.
Accessories like jewelry, watches, ties and handbags are not exempt.
When: Aug. 7-9.
Qualifying items: School supplies, clothing, footwear, hurricane and emergency preparedness items as well as Energy Star and WaterSense products.
School supplies need to be $20 or less per item. Clothing needs to be $100 or less per item.
For hurricane and emergency prep items:
- Portable generators — $1,000 or less per item.
- Gas-powered chain saws — $350 or less per item.
- Chainsaw accessories — $60 or less per item.
- Other specified hurricane preparedness items — $60 or less per item.
Energy Star and WaterSense products need to be $2,500 or less per item.
D.C. did away with its sales tax holiday in 2010.
WTOP’s Valerie Bonk contributed to this report.