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Shop Maryland Tax-Free Week Begins

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SALISBURY, Md.-  Shop Maryland Tax-Free Week runs from Sunday, August 13 to Saturday, August 19. 

Qualifying apparel and footwear $100 or less, per item, are exempt from the state sales tax.

This year, the first $40 of a backpack or bookbag purchase is also tax-free.

Accessory items, except for backpacks, are not included.

Tax-free week comes just ahead of the new school year, when parents spend heavily preparing their kids for school. 

"It seems like things get more expensive the older [the kids] get. They want more name-brand things. They want shoes, more clothes," said mother Jessica Funk of Salisbury.

"The more kids you have, the more money you're going to spend. The more money you need for backpacks and all those school supplies. It adds up."

Parents said the savings offer much-needed relief during the back-to-school season. 

"It helps me with my budget and everything as far as I know that going into the school year I have to get these things," said mother Becky Smith of Pittsville.

"They need jeans. They need shoes, things that they outgrow the quickest so we try to wait until now to do that shopping."

The Comptroller of Maryland released a full list of items that are exempt vs. taxable purchases.

 

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