This Weekend — Tax-Free Shopping on ENERGY STAR Products

Marylanders will get a break from the state’s 6 percent sales tax on qualifying ENERGY STAR products from February 16-18, 2013. During Shop Maryland Energy weekend, the following ENERGY STAR products are tax free:

~ Air conditioners
~ Clothes washers
~ Furnaces
~ Heat pumps
~ Boilers
~ Solar water heaters (tax-exempt at all times now)
~ Standard size refrigerators
~ Dehumidifiers
~ Programmable thermostats
~ Compact fluorescent light bulbsShop Maryland Energy weekend will occur in perpetuity (or until legislative amendment or repeal) from the Saturday immediately preceding the third Monday in February until the third Monday of February. Additionally, a tax-free week on clothing and footwear priced $100 or less will occur every year during the second week of August.

From 12:01 a.m. on Saturday, February 16, through midnight on Monday, February 18, 2013, qualifying ENERGY STAR products will be exempt from Maryland’s six percent sales tax. A list of exempt and taxable items is available on the Comptroller’s Web site at, or by calling the Taxpayer Service Section at 410-260-7980 in Central Maryland or toll-free 1-800-MD TAXES from elsewhere.

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