Tax-Free Shopping for School Items to be held August 3, 4, 5, 2007

2nd Annual Back-To-School Sales Tax Holiday Mechanicsville, VA – Del. Christopher K. Peace (R-Mechanicsville) reminds citizens of the upcoming Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday, to be held from Friday August 3 through Sunday August 5, 2007. The weekend of sales tax-free purchases on specific school-related items was first initiated by the House Republican Caucus in the summer of 2005. House Bill 532, patroned by the late Delegate Harry Parrish (R-Manassas), was overwhelmingly passed by the General Assembly during the 2006 session and signed into law by Governor Timothy M. Kaine that same year.

The first Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday in 2006 was widely popular, saving Virginians an estimate $3.6 million. Helping to offset the rising costs of school items – estimated to tally over $500 per family – state sales taxes will not be charged on school supplies priced at $20 or less per item, or on articles of clothing, including footwear, costing up to $100.

Delegate Peace and his fellow House Republicans have continuously advocated that the holiday also apply to computers. Because computers and related equipment can be a major expense for working families, Peace supports efforts to press for their inclusion in the 2008 session.

“Quality education is essential to our strength as a Commonwealth. The very cornerstones of our future social and economic health rest with the minds and talents of the people,” stated Peace. “Providing Virginia families with this much-needed break is important to maintaining our high quality of life. And, encouraging families to shop Virginia first gives an added boost to our job-creating retailers and economy.”

Individual retailers may choose to pay the sales tax themselves on any nonexempt items during the holiday, passing the savings on to their customers. Additional information on the Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday is online from the Virginia Department of Taxation at .