Until Saturday, when you buy clothing or shoes in the state of Maryland, you won’t be charged sales tax. From the official Shop Maryland Tax-Free Week website:
The second Sunday of August to the following Saturday is designated as Shop Maryland tax-free Week each year. That means qualifying apparel and footwear $100 or less, per item, are exempt from the state sales tax. Accessory items are not included. The Shop Maryland Tax-Free Week for 2014 is Sunday, August 10 – Saturday, August 16.
Maryland sales tax is normally a whopping six percent.
They do this every year and I think it’s kind of dumb, mostly because of the way people respond to it. We were at the mall Sunday and people seemed to be buying a lot of stuff. There was a long line at the register at one of the shoe stores. I don’t think I’ve ever seen people lined up there to buy anything. And for what, to save six percent?
That seems kind of silly.
Six percent isn’t that much. If stores collectively decided to have a week-long sale where everything was six percent off, would people even respond? Would they be lining up?
The Maryland comptroller published a three-page list of what gets taxed and what doesn’t. Bow ties are taxed, adult diapers are not. They also published a list of Frequently asked questions. I read through them and if people are really frequently asking these questions, Maryland has a lot more stupid people than I ever thought.