Va., Md. hold tax-free events next month for back-to-school

WASHINGTON — Virginia and Maryland are giving consumers a tax break on back-to-school shopping next month with separate sales tax-free events.

In Virginia, the sales tax holiday runs from Aug. 5 to 7 and sales taxes will be waived on qualifying school supplies, clothing and footwear. It covers most school and office supplies like pens, notebooks and backpacks costing $20 or less, and shoes and apparel costing $100 or less per item.

Virginia is also waiving sales taxes on emergency preparedness purchases like flashlights, fire extinguishers, portable generators and Energy Star-labeled appliances.

Maryland will have a sales tax-free week from Aug. 14 to 20 with no sales tax on clothing or footwear purchases up to $100 per item. Maryland’s sales tax-free week does not cover school supplies.

Both Virginia and Maryland give retailers the option to pay the sales tax themselves on items not covered by each states’ program and pass the savings on to customers.

See what items qualify for waived sales taxes in Virginia and Maryland online.

Jeff Clabaugh

Jeff Clabaugh has spent 20 years covering the Washington region's economy and financial markets for WTOP as part of a partnership with the Washington Business Journal, and officially joined the WTOP newsroom staff in January 2016.

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