Energy Star Sales Tax Holiday Set for Nov. 2-4

Date: October 10, 2012

North Carolinians can save money on selected Energy Star-rated appliances during the state’s fifth annual Energy Star sales tax holiday that begins on Friday, Nov. 2 and runs through Sunday, Nov. 4. 

During the holiday, certain Energy Star qualified products that meet energy efficient guidelines set by the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Energy are exempt from sales and use taxes. Qualified products feature the distinctive Energy Star label, making them easier to identify. 

Products exempt during the holiday 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 Energy Star qualified products are not exempt from sales and use taxes during the holiday.

Purchases must be "For Immediate Delivery" to qualify

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.

Sales of certain Energy Star qualified products during the holiday where deliveries are delayed because of a backlog, order or because the item is currently unavailable to the seller or on back order by the seller, are still eligible for the exemption during the holiday.

If the customer requests delayed shipment until after the holiday ends, the order is not considered “for immediate delivery” and is not exempt from sales and use taxes during the holiday.

Purchases by businesses are not exempt

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

Review more information about the holiday or contact the Department of Revenue at 1-877-252-3052 with questions.


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