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Md. sales tax holiday starts today

August 13, 2011

Maryland's sales tax holiday week begins today and runs through Saturday.

Most clothing and footwear priced up to $100 is free of Maryland's sales tax during the one-week period.

"The tax-free week was a great success last year," said Patrick Donoho, president of the Maryland Retailers Association. "It got consumers out shopping again after suffering hard economic times. This year, we hope more consumers will take advantage of the substantial savings offered by local retailers during this week."

Donoho expects shoppers to see more special promotions and sales than last year as retailers build on last year's success.

Retailers reported that they saw double digit sales increases last year during tax-free week.

During the week, retailers are on a level playing field for a short period of time with competing retailers in Pennsylvania and Delaware and on the Internet that do not collect sales taxes on clothing and footwear year-round.

For more information, call 1-800-MD-TAXES, send an e-mail to shopmaryland@comp.state.md.us, or go to www.marylandtaxes.com or www.mdra.org.

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