Almost twenty years of marriage to a diehard fisherman and over
a decade and counting of raising two boys, and yet I had never had a new washing
machine. It was always a hand-me-down – you know, someone was upgrading to the
front loader, someone was moving, someone didn’t want to haul it to the curb –
so I ended up with the leftovers. Finally I put my foot down, I had had enough
of lingering grass stains and fish scales which made their way into the linens.
I was unaware of the tax holiday my state had for such appliances. If I would
have just held my foot for just a little longer, I could have saved a pretty
penny on my purchase.
For residents in Virginia, North Carolina and Georgia, who
need to replace an old, outdated appliance, timing could mean savings. These
states have enacted a tax holiday for energy-efficient appliances. You won’t
pay state or local taxes if you purchase an appliance that has the “Energy Star®”
label. If your appliance is stamped “WaterSense®,” Virginia and Georgia will
not charge taxes on those appliances either.
The tax holiday weekend for Virginia is October 11 - 14,
2013 and for Georgia is October 4 - 6, 2013. The Energy Star only tax holiday weekend
for North Carolina is November 1 - 3, 2013. The tax free weekend is only for home-use appliances.
Air conditioners, washing machines, freezers, refrigerators,
doors, windows, ceiling fans, dehumidifiers, and programmable thermostats will
be exempt from State and local sales tax during the tax holiday periods for all
three states. Bathroom faucets, showerheads, and high-efficiency toilets are a
few items that fall under the WaterSense label in Virginia and Georgia. There
are some exceptions and limitations, so visit your state’s web site below to
Note that a tax-free weekend is no reason to run out and buy
an appliance. In Virginia, state sales tax is 5%; in North Carolina, it is
4.75%; and, in Georgia, it’s 4% - this amount plus any local sales tax is what
you’ll save. Still, how often do you get to dodge taxes? Wish I could say I had
taken advantage of the tax holiday. But I don’t miss being queen of
Disclaimer: Every effort has been taken to provide
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blog. Please use your discretion before making any decisions based on the
information provided. This blog is not intended to be a substitute for seeking
professional tax advice based on your individual needs.