Md., Va., to hold back-to-school tax holidays

WASHINGTON – Maryland and Virginia are giving shoppers a break on buying back- to-school supplies.

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell’s office said Wednesday that the annual back-to-school sales tax holiday will begin Aug. 2 and run through Aug. 4.

During the four-day holiday, shoppers at retail stores statewide won’t have to pay sales tax on notebooks, pens, calculators, binders and other school supplies priced up to $20.

Shoes and most clothing items priced up to $100 also will be exempt from the sales tax.

The Department of Taxation has posted a list of eligible items and guidelines on its website.

Maryland’s tax-free week will run from Sunday, Aug. 11 to Saturday, Aug. 17. There will be a three-day weekend when Energy Star products or solar water heaters are tax free.

The Comptroller of Maryland has lists for both types of tax-free items on its website)

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