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Maryland tax-free shopping, August 2016


 If you can find a bridal gown for $100 or less, it's exempt during Maryland's August sales tax holiday.

Dates for the annual Shop Maryland Tax-Free Week have been announced: Maryland’s sales tax holiday for clothing and footwear will run from Sunday, August 14 through Saturday, August 20, 2016.

To qualify for the exemption, goods must be priced at $100 or less. Clothing and footwear that is primarily for protective use remains subject to tax even if it is below the price threshold. To help consumers and retailers determine the taxability of certain products, the Maryland Comptroller provides an extensive, though not comprehensive, list of taxable and exempt items.

Exempt items include:

  • Aerobic clothing
  • Bridal gowns and dresses, sold or rented
  • Bathing suits and cover-ups
  • Children’s novelty costumes
  • Corsets and corset lace
  • Dresses and dress gloves
  • Fur coats and stoles
  • Pajamas
  • Religious clothing
  • Sweaters and sweatshirts
  • Tennis shoes

Taxable items include:

  • Athletic pads
  • Fishing vests
  • Shoe inserts and laces
  • Skin diving suits
  • Skates and ski boots
  • Tennis shoes with wheels
  • Veils

Additional information, including the tax treatment of discounts, delivery charges and layaway sales, is available here. Learn more about 2016 sales tax holidays.

All retailers selling qualifying items must comply with the tax-free period. Sales tax software-as-a-service (SaaS) facilitates sales and use tax compliance for retailers of all sizes in all states. Learn how it works.


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.