Starting this Sunday, various states will offer either a tax free day and in the case of Maryland, the state will offer a tax free week from Aug. 12 to Aug. 18. You won’t have to pay sales tax on clothing and footwear that cost $100 or less per item. In addition, the first $40 of a backpack or bookbag will also be tax-free.
This year, Maryland is also conducting a contest to publicize Maryland shopping.
Two winners will receive $2,500 and $1,000 scholarships, respectively, to any Maryland university, college or trade school.
Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot and the Maryland Retailers Association (MRA) July 30 announced the social media contest coinciding with Shop Maryland Tax-Free Week.
To enter the contest, shoppers should like or follow the official social media pages on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, then snap a picture or take a video that incorporates the theme of “Maryland” (the state colors, school apparel, sports team, a crab, etc.), write a creative caption and use #shopmdtaxfree during Tax-Free Week to submit an entry on any or all of the social media platforms, according to a press release from the Maryland Office of Comptroller.