Virginia Senate Republican Caucus

Back to School Sales Tax Holiday

Thu, 2011-08-04 20:00 -- Mike

Virginia's annual back to school sales tax holiday starts today! The tax holiday will run from August 5-7.  During this time, purchases of qualifying school supplies that cost $20 or less and clothing and footwear that cost $100 or less will be exempt from the Virginia sales tax.


The sales tax holiday applies to everyone, not just those preparing for school.  All retailers who sell the products under the exemption must participate. Retailers also have the option of saving taxpayers even more money by opting to pay the sales tax on items, such as computers and computer accessories, that are not included in the sales tax holiday.


A complete list of items that are exempt during the tax holiday can be found by clicking here .


When legislation was passed in 2006 that created the back to school tax holiday, it was designed to give families a much needed tax break. Going back to school should be an exciting time for families and students, and while saving five percent on purchases may not seem like a lot, it can make a difference and will take some of the burden off of many families.

Rally with Governor Bob McDonnell  

Poquoson Meet and Greet  

Campaign Update  


Please don't forget to mark your calendars for the election on August 23rd.  Please remind your family and friends that this is an important election and the turnout during primaries is extremely low, so every vote counts.


 Here is how you can help!

  • Door-to-door and lit drops at 9:00am on Saturday, August 13th.  Locations:  Poquoson, York, James City, Gloucester, Suffolk, Hampton, New Kent, and West Point. 
  • Door-to-door and lit drops at 9:00am on Saturday, August 20th.  Locations:  York, James City, Gloucester, Suffolk, Hampton, New Kent, and West Point. 
  • Please email or call 757-259-7810 to specify the area in which you would like to work, and we will provide you with additional details.
  • Get-out-the-vote phone calls:  Monday, August 22nd, at our office in Williamsburg. 
  • Show your support on Election Day!  Volunteer to place signs or work outside the polls.
  • Request a bumper sticker or yard sign.
  • Want to help at a different time?  Let us know by or calling 757-259-7810.
  • Lit drops on Monday, August 22nd.  Location:  James City County
  • Get-out-the-vote phone calls:  Monday, August 22nd, at our office in Williamsburg.


I am continuing to travel throughout the district meeting people and learning about the issues that are important to the residents of the 3rd Senate District.  In the past weeks, I have had the privilege of attending or speaking to:

  • The Poquoson City Council
  • Virginia 21 (an advocacy group for college students)
  • Campaign Kick-off for Mike Watson, Republican candidate for the 93rd House of Delegates
  • James City County Republican Committee
  • Gloucester Republican Mass Meeting
  • Hampton Republican Breakfast

Unfortunately, campaigns cost money and I need your support financially.  Going into the final weeks of the campaign it is more important than ever that we have the finances needed to be able to get out the vote.  If you are able to donate $25, $50, $100 or even $500 please CLICK HERE.  Every dollar will make a difference in getting our people to the polls on August 23.

Absentee Ballots  

If you will be away from your voting location on Election Day or have other reasons that prevent you from going to the polls on August 23rd, please make sure that you vote by Absentee Ballot.


Eligible Virginia voters can download an application here or contactyour local Voter Registration Office to request an absentee ballot application. You can return the completed application to your local voter registration office either by mail or fax. The absentee ballot application must be received in your local voter registration office by 5:oo PM Tuesday August 16, 2011