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Marylanders get tax break on energy efficient appliances this weekend

Consumers who buy energy-efficient appliances this weekend in Maryland will get a break on the state's 6 percent sales tax.

Maryland’s tax-free weekend applies to qualifying Energy Star products, such as air conditioners, washers and dryers, furnaces, heat pumps, boilers, solar water heaters, standard size refrigerators, dehumidifiers and programmable thermostats. Compact fluorescent light bulbs also are tax free. Dishwashers are not included.

To carry an Energy Star label, products must meet or exceed efficiency requirements developed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy.

The tax-exempt period starts at 12:01 a.m. Saturday and runs through midnight Monday. It includes sales in stores and online.

Maryland residents who buy a qualifying Energy Star appliance out of state will get the tax break if they elect to have the product delivered to their home. Non-Maryland residents get a tax break if they buy from retailers in Maryland, but they may owe a use tax on items brought into their home state.

Maryland also has a tax-free week on clothing and footwear each year during the second week of August when many people shop for back-to-school supplies.

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