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A number of people were shopping in the Target store at Virginia Center Commons in Henrico County, VA Friday, August 6, 2010 and taking advantage of the "sales tax holiday".

Virginians will get a break from sales tax this weekend during the state’s consolidated tax holiday.

From Friday through Sunday, consumers won’t have to pay the 5.3 percent sales tax in most localities — and 6 percent in some localities of Northern Virginia and Hampton Roads — on a range of eligible items for clothing, back-to-school supplies, Energy Star and WaterSense items and hurricane preparedness accessories.

Eligible items include most school supplies that sell for less than $20 per item and clothes and footwear that sell for less than $100 per item.

The tax-free weekend also is good for certain hurricane preparedness items that sell for less than $60 each, and other items such as chainsaws and portable generators are eligible. EnergyStar or WaterSense-approved items also are eligible.

Previously, the three categories had separate tax holidays in May, August and October. Legislation went into effect July 1 consolidating those three into one weekend — the first full three-day weekend in August.

The legislation expires in July 2017.

Virginia had its final one-category tax-free holiday in May for hurricane preparedness. There will not be a tax-free weekend in October for Energy Star and WaterSense items.

Retailers may absorb sales tax on other items as well, but are required to pay the normal tax percentage to the Virginia Department of Taxation.

Consumers can see a full list of eligible items on the agency’s website, www.tax.virginia.gov.

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