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Time for back-to-school shopping

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It’s time for the annual back-to-school shopping trip, even if you aren’t in search of school supplies.

Virginia is holding its ninth annual back-to-school sales tax holiday from Friday through Saturday. Under the tax break, school and office supplies that cost $20 or less and clothing and shoes less than $100 are exempt from Virginia’s sales tax, which is 5.3 percent statewide and 6 percent in Hampton Roads and Northern Virginia.

There is no limit on the number of items someone can purchase on the holiday.

Many stores in the state also offer a tax break on non-eligible items, absorbing the cost themselves.

A full list of eligible items can be found at http://www.tax.virginia.gov

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