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Maryland Sales Tax Holidays, 2014


 This type of clothes dryer is always tax-free.

Update, 5.7.14: House Bill 786, signed into law on May 5, 2014, adds Light-Emitting Diode (LED) light bulbs to the list of items exempted from sales tax during the February tax-free period for energy efficient products. The bill takes effect July 1, 2014; LED lights will be exempt beginning with the 2015 sales tax holiday.

The State of Maryland provides two sales tax holidays each year.

The first is a “tax-free three-day weekend” each February.  During it, sales tax does not apply to solar water heaters and numerous Energy Star Products, including:

  • Air conditioners and furnaces;
  • Clothes washer and dryers;
  • Dehumidifiers; and
  • Standard size refrigerators.

In 2014, the sales tax holiday for Energy Star products takes place February 15-17.

The second annual Maryland sales tax holiday takes place for a week each August, from the second Sunday of the month through the following Saturday. During Shop Maryland tax-free Week, qualifying footwear and apparel costing $100 or less (per item) are exempt from Maryland state sales tax. Examples of exempt items include:

  • Graduation gowns and caps;
  • Jackets, jeans and jerseys;
  • Knitted caps and hats;
  • Shirts and shoes; and
  • Work clothes and uniforms.

Examples of items still subject to sales tax during Maryland’s tax-free week include:

  • Aprons and earrings;
  • Head bands and helmets;
  • Ties and tie clips;
  • Umbrellas; and
  • Wallets and watches.

In 2014, the Shop Maryland Tax Free Week will run from August 10 through 16. Additional information is available on the Comptroller of Maryland website.

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Gail Cole
Avalara Author
Gail Cole
Gail Cole
Avalara Author Gail Cole
Gail began researching and writing about sales tax in 2012 and has been fascinated with it ever since. She has a penchant for uncovering unusual tax facts, and endeavors to make complex sales tax laws more digestible for both experts and laypeople.