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Va to hold back-to-school sales tax holiday

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- Virginia is giving shoppers a break on buying back-to-school supplies.

Gov. Bob McDonnell's office said Wednesday that the annual back-to-school sales tax holiday will begin Aug. 2 and run through Aug. 4.

During the four-day holiday, shoppers at retail stores statewide won't have to pay sales tax on notebooks, pens, calculators, binders and other school supplies priced up to $20.

Shoes and most clothing items priced up to $100 also will be exempt from the sales tax.

The Department of Taxation has posted a list of eligible items and guidelines on its website, http://www.tax.virginia.gov.