Maryland energy efficiency sales tax holiday, February 2018
- Jan 18, 2018 | Gail Cole
Every February, Maryland provides a tax-free period for certain energy efficient products. In 2018, the Maryland Energy Efficiency Sales Tax Holiday begins at 12:01 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 17 and concludes at midnight on Monday, Feb. 19.
During the tax-free period, the following Energy Star products are exempt from Maryland’s 6 percent sales tax:
- Air conditioners
- Compact fluorescent lightbulbs and light-emitting diode (LED) lightbulbs
- Heat pumps
- Programmable thermostats
- Refrigerators (standard size)
- Washers and dryers
Sales of solar water heaters in Maryland are now exempt from tax year-round.
Retailers making sales in or for delivery into Maryland may not charge sales tax on qualifying items. This can complicate sales and use tax compliance, as it’s a hassle to adjust point-of-sale systems for one weekend only. Furthermore, the tax holiday creates unknowns. How does the sales tax holiday affect delivery charges or layaways? The Maryland Comptroller doesn’t say.
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