Tax-Free Shopping Week Begins In Maryland

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Get ready to save. Tax-Free Week kicks off Sunday in Maryland.

From shoes to clothes, Monique Griego has more on how people are taking advantage.

Maryland shoppers are enjoying a little retail relief as Tax-Free Week kicks off across the state.

“Everybody wants to save money as much as they can,” said shopper Kevin Jones.

“Every deal, coupon, every little bit offer in savings adds up,” said shopper Harold Moller.

From Sunday through Aug. 18, the state is doing away with the six percent sales tax on clothing and shoes under $100.

“It brings people out. It really saves people a lot of money, especially, you know, in this time when people don’t have jobs and their money is tight,” said shopper Amie Cohen.

As soon as the doors opened at the Towson Town Center, people packed in, looking to take advantage of the money-saving incentive.

“People kind of plan for it. We saw some people earlier in the week and they decided to wait until this week to shop for tax-free,” said Lauren Griffin, Lilly Pulitzer.

“Americans in general like to shop. We love to get out of the house,” Moller said.

State leaders hope the tax break helps kickstart consumer spending after a slow summer season.

“Definitely with the tax-free, it gives me like a want to go out and buy something,” said Allison Cohen.

But for many parents, Tax-Free Week is another way to cut down on the ever-expensive back to school shopping season.

“It adds up tremendously, especially the clothing,” Amie Cohen said.

Free-Tax Week ends Saturday at midnight.

For a list of tax-exempt items, click here.


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