Maryland’s Week-Long Tax Holiday Begins Sunday

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Consider it a state-wide 5.66 percent off sale. From August 12 to August 18, the state will take a break from collecting its 6 percent sales tax on all clothing and footwear. Well, except for handbags, watches, handkerchiefs, umbrellas, scarves, ties, headbands, belt buckles, backpacks, protective clothing and footwear, aprons, baby bibs, scuba gear, wigs, and anything over $100.

My personal goal for this year’s tax-free week is to save $100 in sales tax! So that means I’ve got to buy… let me see here… $1,667 worth of non-exempt items, each under $100. Hmm… that’s kind of a lot.

Let’s say instead that my goal is to save $50. Allright, that’ll still feel pretty good. You can still get a pretty decked-out cheeseburger most places for that kind of money. Okay, so now I only have to spend… just have to recalculate here… $833.50. Honestly, that’s still more than I should be spending.

You know what, I need a new pair of shoes, so I’ll just buy the shoes and whatever tax savings I get, I’ll call it a win and that’ll be that. Actually, I was going to buy those online, out of state. Those purchases are already exempt from sales tax. Oh well. Everybody else, stay psyched! Get shopping for non-protective, non-work-related clothing and footwear of $100 or less!

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