Maryland’s sales tax-free week kicks off

WASHINGTON — Pay less and save more this week in Maryland starting on Sunday. It’s the beginning of the state’s sales tax-free week and it’s the second busiest shopping period of the year.

Consumers will get to keep more green in their wallets if they buy clothing or shoe items priced less than $100. Diapers, hats, belts, jerseys and swim suits are also exempt from the six percent sales tax. Sales tax is not applied to any of those items purchased online either, as long as they’re paid for and delivered this week.

“We’re a high-tax state. Our consumers deserve a break and taxpayers really appreciate any kind of deal they can get,” says Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot. “Even though I’m the tax collector, I’m a big fan of this because it generates a tremendous amount of economic activity.”

But not everything you can wear qualifies for the savings. Accessories and protective sports gear are not exempt. And unlike Virginia, school supplies are also not included.

Franchot has tried to expand the list of eligible items through the Maryland Legislature in the past.

“In my view, the more the better. Shopping is emotional for a lot of folks and they need a little bit of a stimulus even if it doesn’t seem like a lot of money

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