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Energy Star tax holiday starts 11/2

Posted October 25, 2012 2:58 p.m. EDT
Updated November 2, 2012 7:46 p.m. EDT

The 5th annual Energy Star sales tax holiday runs Nov. 2 - 4. During this event, Energy Star rated appliances are not taxed. If you are in the market for a new appliance, this may be the time to shop, if you can find a good deal.

Are you planning to shop for an appliance during the sales tax holiday?

Energy Star products meet the energy efficient guidelines set by the United States Environmental Protection Agency and the United States Department of Energy and are authorized to carry the Energy Star label, according to the NCDOR website.

Products that qualify for the sales tax holiday include clothes washers, freezers, refrigerators, central air conditioners, room air conditioners, air-source heat pumps, ceiling fans, dehumidifiers, and programmable thermostats.

If you order an item during that weekend, you will still qualify for the sales tax holiday (as long as you don't request delayed delivery).

Rentals and items for use in a trade or business do not qualify for the tax exemption.

My thoughts are that if you do your homework and find a very good deal on an appliance you have been needing or planning to buy, saving a little extra on sales tax is an added bonus. The sales tax savings alone would not be enough to get me to buy. I would need to couple it with a good sale as well.