Graphic from Maryland comptroller’s office

The annual Shop Maryland Tax-Free Week will begin Sunday, Aug. 12 and run through Saturday, Aug. 18, according to an announcement from Comptroller Peter Franchot.

Certain back-to-school items will be exempt from the six percent state sales tax during that week. Shoppers can choose any single qualifying article of clothing or footwear priced $100 or less, regardless of how many items are purchased at the same time. The first $40 of any backpack or book bag purchase also will be tax-free.

For more information on qualifying items, visit marylandtaxes.gov, email [email protected] or call 1-800-MD-TAXES (638-2937).  

In addition, the comptroller’s office is once again joining the Maryland Retailers Association to promote a social media contest during the tax-free week. Two winners will receive $2,500 and $1,000 scholarships, respectively, to any Maryland university, college or trade school. 

To enter the contest Maryland college students need to:

  • Take a Maryland-themed photo or video while shopping
  • Write a caption, and
  • Post to Facebook, Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #shopmdtaxfree.

MRA, which is providing the scholarships, will select the two entries that best reflect the spirit of Shop Maryland Tax-Free Week.

Shoppers can refer to the official social media pages on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for more information. 

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Tax-Free Shopping Week to Begin Sunday

Tax-Free Shopping Week to Begin Sunday

Mike Diegel

Co-Founder/Editor at Source of the Spring
Mike Diegel, a founding member of Source of the Spring, is a Silver Spring advocate who has been appointed by the county executive to several committees and task forces. He currently is a member of the Silver Spring Arts & Entertainment District Advisory Committee. His background is in journalism and he earned a bachelor of arts in communications from McDaniel College. He is self-employed as a communications consultant and is an active volunteer with Appalachian Great Pyrenees Rescue. He has lived for more than 20 years in Northwood/Four Corners with his wife Trish and multiple Great Pyrenees dogs. He is better known around Silver Spring as the Guy with the Big White Dogs.
Tax-Free Shopping Week to Begin Sunday
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