Maryland tax-free shopping week planned

Consumers will be spared Maryland's 6 percent sales tax on some apparel and footwear during the state's annual tax-free week starting Aug. 10.

During Shop Maryland week, no sales tax will be levied on any single qualifying article of clothing and shoes priced at $100 or less, regardless of how many items are purchased.

The promotion runs through Saturday, Aug. 16.

"Each year this initiative helps Maryland families and gives large and small retailers a boost in these financially challenging times,” Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot said Friday in an announcement. "All hard-working Maryland moms and dads deserve this annual tax break as they prepare to send their children back to school."

Franchot plans to promote the annual event at several Maryland shopping centers to encourage shoppers to purchase back-to-school clothes and shoes that week.

The event helps retailers gearing up for back-to-school, the second biggest shopping season of the year, said Patrick Donoho, president of the Maryland Retailers Association.

The tax holiday has been scheduled for the second week in August each summer since the General Assembly passed authorizing legislation in 2007.

A list of qualifying items is available at the Comptroller's website.

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