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Back-to-School: How to Shop Sales Tax Holidays in Maryland and Virginia

Both states will have tax-free holidays in August

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Get ready to shop for back-to-school supplies; Virginia and Maryland both have sales tax holidays in August.

When is Tax-Free Weekend in Virginia?

Virginia’s three-day sales tax holiday is Aug. 5-7.

According to a Virginia Department of Taxation video, a sales tax holiday is “a period of time where you can buy certain products without paying any Virginia sales tax on those items.”

The Virginia holiday is available for in-store and online shopping. It can also save shoppers between 5.3% to 7% on purchases, according to the video.

During Virginia's holiday, there are three categories of items that qualify: school supplies, clothing and footwear; hurricane and emergency preparedness products; and Energy Star and WaterSense products.

When is Tax-Free Week in Maryland?

Maryland’s tax-free week is Aug. 14-20.

Maryland’s tax holiday includes in-store purchases and online sales that are paid for and delivered to the customer during the week. Purchases eligible to be tax-free include clothing and footwear priced at $100 or less, as well as the first $40 spent on backpacks.

#ShopMDTaxFree Week isn't just for back-to-school shopping, it's a good time to shop for the whole family,” the comptroller of Maryland tweeted.

Which Items Are Eligible During the Sales Tax Holiday?

For a full list of items eligible during the Virginia Sales Tax Holiday, visit the Virginia Tax website. For more information on the Maryland Tax-Free Week, visit the FAQ page.

If you're wondering about D.C., it no longer holds a tax-free weekend. Legislation was enacted in 2019 that repealed the city's sales tax holidays.

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