Michaeline Van Reenan and her daughter Emily combed the aisles of Target in Westminster Sunday searching for back to school clothes.

"We're taking advantage of Tax-Free Week," Van Reenan, of Eldersburg, said, adding, "She just needs a few things for school. We do this every year."


Tax-Free Week began Sunday and runs through Aug. 15. The week is the result of legislation passed in the 2007 special session of the Maryland General Assembly. During Tax-Free Week 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.

"They grow so fast, you need to buy clothes constantly," Van Reenan said.

Van Reenan said she was there to assist Emily, 12, who ultimately makes her own fashion decisions.

"I like that you can get more things for less. They have lots of cute choices here," Emily said.

Dana Parisi, Target of Westminster's store team leader, said the store has a list of tax exempt items at each register.

"We're excited about Tax-Free Week. We generally have a good turnout. It's a great opportunity for our guests to have additional savings and we look forward to helping families and college students meet their needs for back to school," Parisi said.

Allison McFaul, of Finksburg, and her daughter Amelia, 5, explored Target's Frozen collection for a new outfit.

"Today was our day for school supply shopping. We're getting all her supplies and a first day of school outfit," McFaul said.

Allyson Gibson, of Manchester, and her son Zachary, 5, checked out Target's denim options.

"My son is starting kindergarten. We're looking for clothes. This week we'll save a ton," Gibson said.

Jennifer Eaves, of Westminster, shopped for leggings with her daughter Lilly, 6.

"Any opportunity to save money is definitely something I'm going to jump on. They grow so fast," Eaves said. "Tax-Free Week's timing is perfect. School starts in just three weeks."

Jacquelyn Judkins, a spokesperson for Kohl's of Westminster, said she hoped families will find savings on everything they need to get ready for a new school year.

"Our stores are very busy with shoppers taking advantage of our great values for back-to-school," Judkins said.


Luke, 6, stocked up at Kohl's of Westminster with parents Jack and Carol Rohde, of Finksburg, and his sisters Olivia, 11, and Lily, 9.

"Shopping here is fun because I get to pick out stuff I like. I got a belt," Luke said.

Robin Phelps, of Eldersburg, rummaged through the shoe section with daughter McKenzie and son Tyler, 2.

"We're definitely taking advantage of Tax-Free Week," Phelps said. "We're looking for back to school shoes she can tie herself."

McKenzie, 5, decided on a pair of pink Converse sneakers.

"I could wear these every day," said McKenzie.



Tax-Free Week continues through Saturday, Aug. 15. For more information on qualifying items, visit the Comptroller of Maryland's Website at www.marylandtaxes.com e-mail taxhelp@comp.state.md.us or call 1-800-MD-TAXES.