In the Market for a Chainsaw? It's Tax Free in Virginia Next Week


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Next week Virginia celebrates a week-long tax holiday to encourage residents to purchase supplies useful for hurricane preparedness. Mostly, items eligible to be exempt from sales tax have to cost under $60 (things like batteries, flashlights, radios, and duct tape). You can also buy a portable generator or inverter power cables up to a cost of $1,000. Most importantly, starting this year chain saws and chain saw accessories (of up to a cost of $350) are also eligible under the tax holiday.

From the Virginia government's list of "qualified items":

Gas-powered chain saws with a selling price of $350 or less and chain saw accessories with a sales price of $60 or less may be purchased exempt of the Retail Sales and Use Tax. The following is an all-inclusive list of the items that are deemed "chain saw accessories":

• Chains

• Chain saw bar and nose lubricants

• Two-cycle motor oil

• Chain sharpeners and files

• Bars

• Wrenches

• Carrying cases and scabbards

• Safety apparel, including chaps, gloves, hearing protectors, helmets, and

protective glasses

• Repair parts

Check out the whole list here.

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  1. That’s ridiculous! Two-cycle oil and wrenches can be used for stuff other than chainsaws!

  2. There isn’t a 4-stroke chainsaw mandate and a cash for 2-stroke clunkers yet?

    Gaia crys

    1. This. RAAAAAAAAAACIST!2!1!liftoff!!



    Fuck – now I feel better.

    1. Apparently commenting from my phone works fine too.

      Fuck you squirrels! (Reason get your shit together and for the love of science DO NOT switch to disqus commenting.)

      1. I’d like a means of editing one’s comments, though.

    2. I thought I just had this new laptop screwed up somehow.
      I just “downgraded” it because my work’s software won’t work on Windows 8 or 8.1. And frankly I have learned to hate 8. (Hate like Hitler, not hate like collard greens.) If 9 turns out anything like 8 I’m going to run to Mac.

      1. The new versions of OS X are getting closer and closer to iOS too, unfortunately.

        1. Well, maybe they’ll figure it out.
          Or some 13 year old will figure it out in his basement and become the world’s first trillionaire.

          1. Figure it out? You are talking about the same people who discovered that MS Word, designed for high-end writers, needed an illiterate fastfood worker graphic interface.

            1. Libre Office 4.2 is what I’m currently using. Open Office worked well, but I figure while I’m setting up a new laptop I’d try something new.

  4. Safety apparel, including chaps, gloves, hearing protectors, helmets, and protective glasses

    How about a “peace-keeper”?

    1. We had a local gun shop a few years ago that paid the sales tax and presented the idea as for hurricane security. Haven’t seen it repeated, though I have no real idea why not.

  5. On the Market for a Chainsaw?

    ‘Scuse the off-topic query: has anyone else seen on the market for instead the traditional in the market for? Some prepositions are changing, and I’m wondering if this one is, too.

    1. Now that you mention it, I’m used to saying people are “in the market” for items “on the market.”

    2. What difference on this point does it make?

    3. Not sure how to answer since I live on the Western USA and have a different way of saying things.

  6. Why not just buy your chainsaw (and anything else you’re in the market for) in Montana where everything is tax free every day of every year.

    1. Tow words – Use Tax. If you buy out of state, your local state will still charge you a ‘sales tax’ on it under a different name.

    2. It’s kind of a long drive.

      Ordering online means you have to pay shipping which is probably more than sales tax, and you have to wait for it.

  7. chain saws and everything else are always tax-free here in New Hampshire.

    1. I’m a Zillow addict, and I’ve noticed the real estate taxes seem outrageously high in NH (at least, compared to here in Florida). Are they controversial up there? Any drive to change them?

      1. Yeah that seems to be the rule. The sum of property tax, sales tax, and income tax is fairly constant across a region regardless of state boundaries.

  8. As a public service to the younger ones out there:

    To throw something is to “chuck” it, not “chunk” it.

    To complete an idea is to “flesh” it out, not “flush” it out.

    It’s “buck” naked, not “butt” naked.

    The third one is nothing new, but the first two have gotten much worse over the years. But I feel better now. I’m sure none of this will be controversial.

    1. Words mean what people think they mean, filthy prescriptionist.

    2. It’s also “in the market for a chainsaw”, not “on the market for a chainsaw”, unless your family is attempting to trade you for a chainsaw.

      1. oh i see brec already brought that up. Nevermind.

  9. What, they don’t consider AR-15s and buckshot emergency hurricane supplies?

    I guess I’ll have to settle for some glow sticks.

  10. Wow. That is strict. Gas-powered chain saws, but not electric ones? Yeah, I see the “logic”, but it is possible to have electricity after a hurricane………

    By the way. I have this fantasy in Florida, where hurricanes are not uncommon, to open a business that, among the normal stuff, sells water — ALL THE TIME — for $10 per gallon. That way, after a hurricane, I can sell it for $10 per gallon and not get arrested for gouging.

    1. Yeah, I see the “logic”, but it is possible to have electricity after a hurricane………

      Clearly you do not live anywhere near me. Storm warnings around here go like this:
      1. The local radar sweep channel gets fuzzy, then goes out.
      2. Cable dies. Sometimes the phone will let off a short ring about then.
      3. First clap of thunder.
      4. Electricity falters d4+1 times, then fails.
      5. Rain and lightning observed.

      Hurricanes require 2d12+2 days to restore electricity. Outages from regular thunderstorms usually see electricity restored about the time you’ve settled into bed. That way you have to get up and switch off the goddamned radio that wasn’t on before the storm anyway. (What moron designs things that way?)

      1. … require 2d6+2 days to restore …

        No, we never went more than 14 days.

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