State Sales Tax Holiday Starts on Sunday
Clothing, shoes, backpacks can be purchased tax-free
Comptroller Peter Franchot will shop in Bethesda on Monday as part of a tour promoting Shop Maryland Tax-Free Week, which begins on Sunday.
The annual sales tax holiday runs until Aug. 18. During the week, clothing and footwear items that cost $100 or less will be exempt from the state’s 6 percent sales tax. The first $40 of any backpack or bookbag purchase is also tax-free.
Franchot, who lives in Takoma park, is expected to visit Sassanova, a boutique clothing store on Bethesda Row, on Monday.
Shoppers can also make some money in addition to saving it during the tax-free week.
The comptroller’s office and Maryland Retailers Association are holding a social media contest in which two winners will receive $2,500 and $1,000 scholarships to any Maryland university, college or trade school.
Maryland college students can enter the contest during tax-free week by:
Taking a Maryland-themed photo or video while shopping;
Writing a catchy caption; and
Posting them to Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #shopmdtaxfree.
The Retailers Association, which is providing the scholarships, will select the two winners.