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Shop Tax Free Week in Maryland begins Sunday

August 7th, 2021 by WCBC Radio

Marylanders have a full week to enjoy tax-free shopping during “Shop Maryland Tax-Free Week.”

During this week, clothing and footwear priced at $100 or less is exempt from Maryland’s 6% sales tax, regardless of how many items are purchased.

The first $40 of any backpack or bookbag purchase is also tax-free.

list of eligible items — as well as a fact sheet for shoppers and merchants — are available online.

Some of the eligible items that sell for $100 or less include: adult diapers, aerobic clothing, arm warmers, baby clothes, diapers and diaper bags, belts, bowling attire, dry cleaning services, lab coats, lingerie, martial arts attire, pajamas, panty hose, prom dresses, suits, tuxedos (rented or purchased), swim suits and tennis clothes.

Students who promote their tax-free purchases on social media could win a $1,000 or a $500 scholarship to a Maryland university, college or trade school. Students can apply by emailing a photo or short video (60 seconds or less) that shows their tax-free week purchases and their support of Maryland retailers to

Entries should be posted on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or TikTok — using the hashtag #shopmdtaxfree. For best consideration, the state says, “submissions should display and tag the name of the retailer and explain why it’s their favorite place to shop tax free.”