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Maryland's annual Tax Free Week to begin Aug. 11

August 02, 2013

Maryland’s annual Tax Free Week will run from Sunday, Aug. 11, to Saturday, Aug. 17.

Consumers can save money during the week by not paying Maryland’s 6 percent sales tax on most clothing and shoes priced under $100 when shopping at local retailers.   

Tax Free Week, which comes just before many students return to school or enter college, is one of the state’s strongest sales seasons behind Christmas, according to a news release. 

Shopping in state stores also provides added benefit to consumers, the release said.

Each dollar spent at local retailers supports the community in which it is located through the taxes paid to the state and local governments, and through the jobs and careers that retailing provides, the release said.

Retailers are the largest private sector employer in Maryland, with more than 400,000 people working in the retail industry.

The average person with children in kindergarten through 12th grade is expected to spend $634.78 on apparel, shoes, supplies and electronics, down from $688.62 last year, according to the National Retail Federation.

Total spending on back-to-school items is expected to reach $26.7 billion. Total back-to-school and back-to-college spending combined will reach $72.5 billion, the federation said.

The biggest portion of back-to-school shoppers’ budgets will go toward new apparel and accessories, with 95.3 percent of those with school-age children spending an average of $230.85 on fall sweaters, denim and other chic pieces of attire, the federation said.

In addition, families will spend $114.39 on shoes and $90.49 on school supplies. Twenty-four percent of households with school-age children already are shopping, the federation said.

For more information, go to www.marylandtaxes.com, send an email to shopmaryland@comp.state.md.us or call 1-800-MD-TAXES (TTY 1-800-735-2258.).

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