Carroll delegate proposes tax-free week on hunting, outdoor sporting goods

Del. Justin Ready, a Westminster Republican, has introduced legislation that would create a tax-free week on outdoor sporting and hunting goods.

In a news release, Ready said he believes this is a way to show that the state cares about hunters while helping small business.

"I am confident if this tax-free week were to pass, it would help re-energize not only the hunting and sporting businesses in Maryland, but also bring tourism into our state," Ready said.

The proposal would create a state sales tax-free week for hunting and sporting goods items under $1,000. It would take place during the last Sunday through Saturday of April and does not apply to motorized vehicles or boats.

Maryland already offers Shop Maryland tax-free Week, an annual tax-free week on the second Sunday of August to the following Saturday that includes qualifying apparel and footwear, $100 or less. There is also a tax-free three-day weekend every February during which state sales tax does not apply to the sale of any Energy Star appliance.

The legislation has been submitted to the House Rules and Executive Nominations committee, but a hearing date has not yet been set.

Ready added that his "top priority" in Annapolis is reducing the tax burden on families and businesses.

"Anything I can do to help stimulate economic growth and keep a few more dollars in people's pockets, I try to do even if it's a small thing," he said. "This bill will encourage people to go out and buy sporting goods and hunting equipment at a time when they might not normally be shopping and, if history of tax free weeks is any guide, will be a boon to small business as well."

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