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Energy-efficient appliances can be bought tax-free

Posted October 11, 2012

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— North Carolinians can save money on selected Energy Star-rated appliances during the state’s fifth-annual Energy Star sales tax holiday, which runs Nov. 2-4.

Products that meet energy-efficiency guidelines set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy are exempt from sales and use taxes. Qualified products feature the distinctive Energy Star label, making them easier to identify.

Items include Energy Star qualified clothes washers, freezers, refrigerators, central air conditioners, room air conditioners, air-source heat pumps, ceiling fans, dehumidifiers and programmable thermostats. There is no price floor or ceiling for products to qualify for exemption from sales and use taxes during the holiday.

Rentals of these products are not exempt from sales and use taxes during the holiday.

An item is eligible for the exemption if the customer pays for it during the holiday period and the retailer accepts the order and takes an action to fill the order for immediate delivery. If a customer requests delayed shipment until after the holiday ends, the order is not considered “for immediate delivery” and isn't exempt from sales and use taxes.

If deliveries are delayed because of a backlog a product is still eligible for the exemption during the holiday.

Items purchased for use in a trade or business are not covered by the exemption and are subject to applicable sales and use tax.

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  • dirkdiggler Oct 11, 2012

    In regards to the before school tax holiday, I sure wish they would take into account everyone's school calendar. My kids are on modified year round, and start school several weeks before the 'tax holiday' is in effect. Doh!

  • whatelseisnew Oct 11, 2012

    "The government can't afford to let the products be tax free year round. "

    By the way, yes the Government can afford it, they just need to cut spending. Should not be any sales tax, they have already taxed every dollar I have left in my wallet.

  • whatelseisnew Oct 11, 2012

    "Like the tax-free weekend before school starts, the idea is to give a break from sales tax for a small period of time to help save a few dollars and encourage consumers to buy something they may not have bought otherwise."

    Actually the before school sales tax holiday makes a lot more sense. People HAVE to buy clothes for their kids, until of course we add that to the free stuff the kids get at school.
    An appliance on the other hand, unless your old one is broken or close to needing replacement, most people are not going to run out and buy one because of a tax holiday. I bought a new dryer last year because my old one broke. As it happens I was lucky, places were running a week long "black friday" sales deal. It saved me 150 dollars off the normal price of the dryer. that was far more than the tax savings would have been.

  • Pepe Silvia Oct 11, 2012

    The government can't afford to let the products be tax free year round.

    Like the tax-free weekend before school starts, the idea is to give a break from sales tax for a small period of time to help save a few dollars and encourage consumers to buy something they may not have bought otherwise.

  • jimcool59 Oct 11, 2012

    Pure bunk for the cause. If its such a goodly thing it would be availible all year round tax free. For a weekend,lol, what a gas!