State Sales Tax Holiday Starts on Sunday

State Sales Tax Holiday Starts on Sunday

Clothing, shoes, backpacks can be purchased tax-free

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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.

For more information on items that will be tax free, go to marylandtaxes.gov, email taxhelp@comp.state.md.us or call 800-MD-TAXES.

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