HB236: Retail Sales and Use Tax; exemption includes hurricane preparedness products, etc.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of Virginia:
§ 58.1-609.1. Governmental and commodities exemptions.
1. Fuels which are subject to the tax imposed by Chapter 22 (§ 58.1-2200 et seq.) of this title. Persons who are refunded any such fuel tax shall, however, be subject to the tax imposed by this chapter, unless such taxes would be specifically exempted pursuant to any provision of this section.
2. Motor vehicles, trailers, semitrailers, mobile homes and travel trailers.
3. Gas, electricity, or water when delivered to consumers through mains, lines, or pipes.
4. Tangible personal property for use or consumption by the Commonwealth, any political subdivision of the Commonwealth, or the United States. This exclusion shall not apply to sales and leases to privately owned financial and other privately owned corporations chartered by the United States. Further, this exemption shall not apply to tangible personal property which is acquired by the Commonwealth or any of its political subdivisions and then transferred to private businesses for their use in a facility or real property improvement to be used by a private entity or for nongovernmental purposes other than tangible personal property acquired by the Herbert H. Bateman Advanced Shipbuilding and Carrier Integration Center and transferred to a Qualified Shipbuilder as defined in the third enactment of Chapter 790 of the 1998 Acts of the General Assembly.
5. Aircraft subject to tax under Chapter 15 (§ 58.1-1500 et seq.).
7. Sales by a government agency of the official flags of the United States, the Commonwealth of Virginia, or of any county, city or town.
9. Watercraft as defined in § 58.1-1401.
10. Tangible personal property used in and about a marine terminal under the supervision of the Virginia Port Authority for handling cargo, merchandise, freight and equipment. This exemption shall apply to agents, lessees, sublessees or users of tangible personal property owned by or leased to the Virginia Port Authority and to property acquired or used by the Authority or by a nonstock, nonprofit corporation that operates a marine terminal or terminals on behalf of the Authority.
11. Sales by prisoners confined in state correctional facilities of artistic products personally made by the prisoners as authorized by § 53.1-46.
12. Tangible personal property for use or consumption by the Virginia Department for the Blind and Vision Impaired or any nominee, as defined in § 51.5-60, of such Department.
14. Tangible personal property sold to residents and patients of the Virginia Veterans Care Center at a canteen operated by the Department of Veterans Services.
15. Tangible personal property for use or consumption by any nonprofit organization whose members include the Commonwealth and other states and which is organized for the purpose of fostering interstate cooperation and excellence in government.
16. Tangible personal property purchased for use or consumption by any soil and conservation district which is organized in accordance with the provisions of Article 3 (§ 10.1-506 et seq.) of Chapter 5 of Title 10.1.
17. Beginning September 1, 2004, (i) tangible personal property sold or leased to Alexandria Transit Company, Greater Lynchburg Transit Company, GRTC Transit System, or Greater Roanoke Transit Company that is owned, operated, or controlled by any county, city, or town, or any combination thereof, that provides public transportation services, and/or (ii) tangible personal property sold or leased to any county, city, or town, or any combination thereof, that is transferred to any of the companies set forth in clause (i) owned, operated, or controlled by any county, city, or town, or any combination thereof, that provides public transportation services.
until July 1, 2012) Qualified products designated as Energy Star or WaterSense
with a sales price of $2,500 or less per product purchased for noncommercial
home or personal use. The exemption provided by this subdivision shall apply
only to sales occurring during the four-day period that begins each year on the
Friday before the second Monday in October and ends at midnight on the second
Monday in October. For the purposes of
this exemption, an Energy Star qualified product is any dishwasher, clothes
washer, air conditioner, ceiling fan, compact fluorescent light bulb,
dehumidifier, programmable thermostat, or refrigerator, the energy efficiency
of which has been designated by the United States Environmental Protection
Agency and the United States Department of Energy as meeting or exceeding each
such agency's requirements under the Energy Star program. For the purposes of
this exemption, WaterSense qualified products are those that have been
recognized as being water efficient by the WaterSense program sponsored by the
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as indicated by a WaterSense label.
§ 58.1-611.3. Limited exemption for certain hurricane preparedness equipment and certain energy-efficient or water-efficient products.
in 2008, forFor
a seven-day period that begins each year on May 25 and ends at 11:59 p.m. on
May 31, the tax imposed by this chapter or pursuant to the authority granted in
§ 58.1-605 or 58.1-606 shall not apply to (i) portable generators used to
provide light or communications or preserve food in the event of a power outage with a selling price of $1000 or less per generator and,
(ii) certain other hurricane preparedness equipment with a selling price of $60 or
less per item, including, but not limited to, blue ice,
carbon monoxide detectors, cell phone batteries, cell phone chargers, gas or
diesel fuel tanks, nonelectric food storage coolers, portable self-powered
light sources, portable self-powered radios, two-way radios, weather band
radios, storm shutter devices, tarpaulins or other flexible waterproof
sheeting, ground anchor systems or tie down kits, and packages of AAA cell, AA
cell, C cell, D cell, 6 volt, or 9 volt batteries, excluding automobile and
boat batteries, and (iii) certain
qualified products designated as Energy Star or
WaterSense with a selling price of $2,500 or less per product purchased for noncommercial home or
As used in this section, (a) "storm shutter" means materials and products manufactured, rated, and marketed specifically for the purpose of preventing window damage from storms, (b) an Energy Star qualified product is any dishwasher, clothes washer, air conditioner, ceiling fan, compact fluorescent lightbulb, dehumidifier, programmable thermostat, or refrigerator, the energy efficiency of which has been designated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy as meeting or exceeding each such agency's requirements under the Energy Star program, and (c) a WaterSense qualified product is any product that has been recognized as being water efficient by the WaterSense program sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as indicated by a WaterSense label.
The tax exemption
shall apply to each portable generator with a selling price of $1,000 or less,
and each article of other hurricane preparedness equipment with a selling price
of $60 or less. Any discount, coupon, or other
credit offered either by the retailer or by a vendor of the retailer to reduce
the final price to the customer shall be taken into account in determining the
selling price for purposes of this exemption.
The Department shall develop guidelines that describe the items of merchandise that qualify for the exemption and make such guidelines available, both electronically and in hard copy, no later than May 15 of each year.
2. That the third enactment of Chapter 608 of the Acts of Assembly of 2007 is repealed.