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October 23, 2013

NC’s last energy sales tax holiday runs Nov. 1-3

NC’s last Energy sales tax holiday runs Nov. 1-3

North Carolina’s tax-free shopping weekend for Energy Star appliances runs Nov. 1-3.

It’s the state’s sixth – and final – sales tax “holiday” for appliances with the federal Energy Star efficiency rating.

During the three-day, tax-free holiday weekend, certain Energy Star products are exempt from sales and use taxes. Qualifying appliances include clothes washers, freezers, refrigerators, air conditioners, dehumidifiers and thermostats. Not included are dishwashers, dryers, stoves and ovens, which do not carry Energy Star ratings.

There is no price limit per item to qualify, but the purchase must be made “for immediate delivery” in order to get a tax break. Customers can qualify for delays if the Energy Star product is out of stock.

The tax “holiday” applies to purchases by retail customers but not to items bought by businesses. The state’s first such tax break was authorized by the legislature in 2008, and it was discontinued by the legislature this year.

The Energy Star rating is administered by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy.

Staff writer John Murawski

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