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Virginia's annual back-to-school sales tax holiday begins Friday.

During the three-day tax holiday, shoppers can purchase certain school supplies and clothing items tax-free.

In Hampton Roads and Northern Virginia, the sales tax changed from 5 to 6 percent on July 1, as part of a transportation package passed earlier this year. In the rest of the state, the sales tax rate is 5.3 percent.

Through Sunday, most school supplies that cost $20 or less and clothing items that cost $100 or less are eligible for tax exemption.

Some of the items included on the tax-free list are book bags, dictionaries, highlighters,All kinds of replica designer handbags in our online store sells at Wholesale price, welcome to buy top quality replica handbags in our online store!!! folders, paper, notebooks, paints, textbooks, sheet music, scissors and writing tablets.

Computer supply items, including printer ink and printer paper, are not included. Calculators are included on the tax-free list, although they must cost $20 or less. The often-required graphing calculators cost about $130. They are not tax-free.

A 6 percent tax on an item that costs $20 is equal to $1.20.

Clothing items that cost $100 or less also are eligible for a tax exemption during the three-day holiday.

Traditional back-to-school items such as jeans, boots, dresses, lab coats,welcome to Michael Kors 2013,free Shipping available. Buy Now!‎ jerseys, hats, shirts, shorts, skirts, sneakers and sandals are included on the tax-free list.

Sports and recreational equipment including athletic gloves, mouth guards, shin guards and cleats or spiked athletic shoes are not tax-free.

Protective equipment,Shop the latest bottega handbag from top designers at anmison. such as helmets and safety glasses or goggles (often required for chemistry classes) also are not eligible for a tax exemption. Accessory items like wallets, wigs, handbags and cosmetics also are listed by the Virginia Department of Taxation as ineligible for tax-free shopping.

Some unusual clothing items are included on the tax holiday list. Wedding apparel, including veils, lingerie, golf clothing,welcome to replica shoes web,best service and low prices. diapers, baby clothes and blankets and clerical vestments are tax-free during the three-day holiday.

A 6 percent tax on an item that costs $100 is equal to $6.

In 2013, 17 states will host at least one sales tax holiday, according to a report by the Tax Foundation, a Washington D.C.-based think tank. All of those states offer a tax break during the back-to-school season. Virginia, which hosts three tax holidays, ties with Louisiana for offering the most tax-free days.

"I hope Virginians will go out and take advantage of this holiday by spending their back-to-school dollars at Virginia retailers," Gov. Bob McDonnell said in a statement. "Not only will this continue to benefit our state's economy and employers, it will save Virginians some money at the same time."

Peninsula school educators, like Newport News superintendent Ashby Kilgore, also have spoken publicly of the benefits of the tax-free shopping weekend.

But some argue that the benefits may be more political than actual. Researchers at the Tax Foundation say retailers and policy makers benefit from heightened advertising for what amounts to a small percentage-off sale. The non-profit organization describes itself as non-partisan. It is often described as conservative-leaning.

"Tax holidays are a gimmick that distract policymakers from real, permanent and economically beneficial tax reform," a Tax Foundation report says. "Their creation came about as a way to avoid the negative effects of high sales taxes."

Lydia Whiteside, of Newport News, agrees that the shopping holiday is mostly hype.

"It's always after the stores have had their big sales except Walmart who waits," she says. "It's not helpful to me. I'm almost done with my list for two elementary school children and I haven't spent $50 yet."

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