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Maryland Tax-Free Shopping Begins Sunday

Shop for back-to-school clothing and footwear without paying Maryland sales tax.

Take advantage of Shop Maryland Tax-Free Week from Sunday, Aug. 11 to Saturday, Aug. 17. Credit: Diane Willinghan.
Take advantage of Shop Maryland Tax-Free Week from Sunday, Aug. 11 to Saturday, Aug. 17. Credit: Diane Willinghan.
By Sonia Su

It's almost that time of year again—when you can buy clothing and footwear without paying Maryland's 6 percent sales tax.

This year, Shop Maryland Tax-Free Week runs Aug. 11-17, according to the Comptroller of Maryland website.

Tax-free items include sweaters, shirts, slacks, jeans, dresses, robes, underwear, belts, shoes and boots that cost less than $100. Other items—such as school supplies, backpacks, jewelry and other accessories—will still be taxed.

While Maryland shoppers have enjoyed the tax-free holiday for more than 10 years, the state has lost millions of dollars in revenue, according to Glen Burnie Patch. Maryland loses $10 to $15 million in tax revenue every year during the two tax-free holidays—one in August for clothes and shoes and one in February for energy-efficient appliances.

View the full list of taxable and exempt items and thefrequently asked questions.

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