Families flocked to the Short Pump Town Center on Sunday afternoon to take advantage of the sales tax exemption.
Saxon Shoes, a local store in the mall, was buzzing over the weekend, especially in the children’s section.
Parents argued with their children and helped measure feet as children stomped around in bright shoes and talked about what they would wear on the first day of school.
Anna Lynch, store manager at Saxon Shoes, called the weekend’s children’s section “madness” and said most people who shopped came with the intention of saving a few dollars during the tax exemption.
In most Virginia locations, the sales tax rate is 5.3%. A few locations in Hampton Roads have a 7% sales tax rate and eight locations in the Richmond area have a 6% sales tax. In Henrico County, where the Short Pump Town Center is located, a $50 pair of shoes would normally incur a $3 sales tax.
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The sales tax exemption, which ran from Friday to Sunday, applied to school supplies, clothing and footwear as well as certain emergency preparedness items.
Hampton Roads’ Ian Stine, who shopped with his daughter and family at Saxon Shoes on Sunday, said while the sales tax exemption isn’t a huge incentive, it makes sense to take advantage of it before the start of the school year.
The sales tax exemption didn’t generate its usual crowd last year as COVID-19 cases surged ahead of the school year, Lynch said. This year’s edition was the first to be as busy as those before the pandemic, she said.
When Governor Glenn Youngkin announced the sales tax exemption on Thursday, he said it would provide needed tax relief to Virginians during a time of high inflation and high gas prices.
“Our administration will continue to stand up for parents trying to buy school supplies for their children, Virginians preparing for upcoming weather events, and families struggling with cost-of-living challenges,” Youngkin said in a statement. communicated. “Building on the record tax relief for Virginians in this year’s budget, lowering the cost of living remains a top priority for my administration as we work together to make Virginia the best place to live. work and raise a family.”