Maryland residents are encouraged to do their shopping for shoes and clothes next week as the state's tax-free week begins Sunday, Aug. 9, and runs through Saturday, Aug. 15.
During that time, purchases of any single, qualifying article of clothing or footwear priced $100 or less — regardless of how many purchased — will be exempt from the state's 6 percent sales tax, according to a release from the office of Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot.
"Shop Maryland Tax-Free Week is a great opportunity to get deals on back-to-school clothes or to refresh a tired wardrobe," Franchot said in a statement.
Tax-free week is the result of legislation passed in the 2007 special session of the Maryland General Assembly, according to the release from Franchot's office, and is held every year during the second week in August.
"Back-to-school shopping is the second biggest shopping season for retailers," said Maryland Retailers Association spokesman Tom Saquella, in a statement. "Tax-Free Week has become a welcomed opportunity for consumers to save on clothing and footwear as they prepare for the new school year, and also for adults looking to buy something from the new fall clothing lines."