By Pat Warren

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — It’s August now, which means Maryland’s tax free shopping week is right around the corner.

The second Sunday of August to the following Saturday is designated as “Shop Maryland Tax-Free Week” each year, and qualifying apparel and footwear that costs $100 or less per item are exempt from the state’s 6 percent sales tax.

Tax free week begins August 13, runs through August 19 and, unlike previous years, the first $40 of a backpack or bookbag purchase will also be tax-free.

Learn more about Shop Maryland Tax-Free Week on

This year, the Maryland Retailer’s Association is holding a contest for college students to send in pictures of the items that they buy and give them some clever captions. The prizes are a $1,500 and $500 scholarship.

To learn more, like or follow “Shop MD Tax Free” on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.

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