Shop Maryland Tax-Free Week Returns On August 8th, 2021

That’s according to State Comptroller Peter Franchot.











Annapolis, MD (KB) Shop Maryland Tax-Free Week will take place this year beginning on Sunday, August 8th, 2021. That’s according to State Comptroller Peter Franchot.

“Any item of clothing or shoe-wear, less than $100, if you purchase that during this week, you do not have to pay the 6% sales tax,” he said. “And the manufacturer and the stores often put discounts on top of that 6% savings.”

Franchot said this year it’s more important than ever to shop at local businesses.

“We’ve had a lot of small businesses go out of business — the ones that are still open, we need to patronize and we need to go down and, either remotely, because a lot of them now you can shop virtually, or in person,” he explained.

Franchot said the tax-free applies to an unlimited amount of items, as long as each item is less than $100.

“If it’s a $99 dollar item, you do get the sales tax waiver,” he said. “It’s not just back to school, it is for anybody.”

Tax-Free Week will end on Saturday, August 14th.

Franchot said the Comptroller’s Office is also partnering with the Maryland Retailers Association to offer two students a scholarship.

“We’ve asked them to give us a 60-second or less video. We get hundreds of them, and they’re very creative,” he said. “Either you’re buying a tax-free item or you’re helping a store. We’re asking them to send it in by August 15th and we’re going to pick one or two.”

He said eligible students are those who attend a Maryland university, college, or trade school.