Hurricane-prep sales tax break starts Monday in Virginia

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- Virginians who want to stock up on batteries, bottled water and other supplies for the hurricane season will get a tax break starting Monday.

A sales tax holiday will spare residents state and local levies for items priced at $60 or less, and bigger-ticket items such as generators priced at $1,000 or less. The tax holiday runs through May 31.

The Atlantic hurricane season officially starts June 1 and ends Nov. 30.

WHAT ITEMS ARE EXEMPT FROM SALES TAX?

Many items used every day are included, such as batteries and flashlights; bottled water and coolers; tarps, plastic sheeting and duct tape; smoke detectors and fire extinguishers; portable radios; cell phone chargers; first aid kits and more. Portable generators and inverters also are included as well as chainsaws and chainsaw accessories.

For a full list of products eligible for the sales-tax break, go to www.tax.virginia.gov .

The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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