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Tax-Free Shopping Begins In Maryland

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The second Sunday of August through the following Saturday is designated as Shop Maryland Week each year, which means qualifying apparel and footwear $100 or less are exempt from the state's 6 percent sales tax.

The sales tax holiday is meant to encourage families to do their back-to-school shopping at Maryland stores. In past years, Maryland retailers have reported a 10 percent jump in sales during the tax holiday.

Virginia recently held their own tax-free weekend to give back-to-school shoppers an incentive to stock up on supplies.

Maryland has also announced a tax-free three-day weekend for certain Energy Star appliances next February.

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