By Pat Warren

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — It may be hard to believe that public schools open in less than a month. If you have back-to-school shopping to do, get your list ready by next week. Sunday starts the state’s annual tax-free week.

Pat Warren reports there are some restrictions, but tons of items do qualify.

Roberta Boland has an eye for bargains.

“Oh, yes. I’m taking my granddaughter school shopping Tuesday,” she said. “So that’s our plans.”

And she picked the right time, too. Next week is Shop Maryland Tax-Free Week.

“Any item of clothing or shoes that costs less than $100, no six percent tax. You should see all the people from Pennsylvania that come down here,” said Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot.

Starting Sunday August 9 and running through Saturday August 15, it’s back to school shopping, six percent sales tax exempt.

That means you pay no sales tax on any clothing or footwear item priced at $100 or less, and there’s no limit on the number of those qualifying items you can buy.

“Any time you can save a little bit of money, especially for us seniors, it’s wonderful,” said Boland.

“The sales definitely do increase,” said Priya Rayadurg.

Seventy-percent of Maryland’s economic activity is based on business people–like the owners of Cloud Nine, a clothing shop in Hampden.

“Everybody is excited that not only in conjunction with the sales that are going on with back to school and general summer clearance sales, on top of that, saving an additional six percent on sales tax. That’s great for customers, too,” said Randy Shayotovich.

“Am I excited? Yes. I’m excited. Very excited. Any time I don’t have to pay tax, I’m always excited,” said Joyce Morrison.

The sales tax exemption also applies to things that qualify bought online.

For a complete list of tax free items online, CLICK HERE.

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