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W.Va. sales tax holiday underway

CHARLESTON (AP) — West Virginia residents in need of materials for the upcoming school year can save money this weekend during a sales tax holiday.

Certain items are exempt from the state sales tax over the four-day period that began Friday. It includes school-related items such as clothing, supplies, instructional materials, laptops and tablets, and sports equipment.

The state sales tax holiday will end Monday at 11:59 p.m.

The average customer will save at least 6% on every qualified purchase, and up to 7% if the item was bought in a municipality with a local sales tax, according to a statement. Items purchased for use in a trade or business are not exempt.

Qualifying items can be bought tax-free at stores, online or by telephone if the customer orders and pays for the item and the retailer accepts the order during the exemption period for immediate shipment, Gov. Jim Justice said in a statement.

Items do not qualify if the payment is made before or after the exemption period. Orders from West Virginia retailers made to out-of-state consumers also are not eligible.

During the holiday, the following items are exempt from Sales and Use tax:

Certain clothing with a purchase price of $125 or less.

Certain school supplies with a purchase price of $50 or less

Certain school instruction material with a purchase price of $20 or less

Certain laptop and tablet computers with a purchase price of $500 or less

Certain sports equipment with a purchase price of $150 or less

Items purchased for use in a trade or business are not exempt under the sales tax holiday.

The back-to-school sales tax holiday was reinstated last year for the first time since 2004.

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