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Sales Tax Holidays in Washington, DC, Maryland and Virginia

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Sales Tax Holidays offer shoppers savings for a limited period by exempting sales tax on certain purchases. Washington, DC, Maryland, and Virginia offer a Sales Tax Holiday in August just in time for back-to-school shopping. A second Sales Tax Holiday is held to encourage individuals to purchase energy efficient appliances. Here are dates and details about the special exemptions in the Washington DC area.

Washington, DC’s Sales Tax Holiday

Not Happening in 2014 - The Sales Tax Holidays were repealed in 2010 to avoid the loss of an estimated $640,000 in sales tax revenues for the fiscal year. If this changes in future years, the dates will be posted.

Previous DC Sales Tax Holidays saved shoppers 5.75 percent sales tax when purchasing clothes, accessories, shoes and school supplies. The sales tax exemption applied to each eligible item that costs $100 or less.

For more information, see the website for the DC Office of Tax and Revenue

Maryland Sales Tax Holiday

August 10-16, 2014. The Maryland Sales Tax Holiday gives shoppers a 6 percent savings on qualifying clothing and footwear priced at $100 or less. Qualifying apparel included belts, coats, jackets, pants, shoes, socks and sweaters. The sales tax exemption applied to each eligible item, regardless of how many items you purchase at the same time.

February 14-16, 2015. A tax-free weekend on select ENERGY STAR products including air conditioners, clothes washers, furnaces, heat pumps, standard size refrigerators, compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFL), dehumidifiers and programmable thermostats. A list of ENERGY STAR items may be found at: www.energystar.gov.

For more information, visit the website for the Comptroller of Maryland

Virginia Sales Tax Holiday

August 1-3, 2014. During the Virginia Sales Tax Holiday shoppers will save 5 percent on purchases of school supplies costing $20 or less per item, or clothing and footwear priced at $100 or less. The sales tax exemption applies to each eligible item, regardless of how many items you purchase at the same time.

October 10-13, 2014. During this four-day holiday, purchases of energy-efficient appliances that meet the Energy Star and WaterSense qualifications will be exempt from the Virginia sales tax.  Eligible products must be priced at $2,500 or less for each item, and be purchased for noncommercial home or personal use. 

For more information, visit the website for the Virginia Department of Taxation

For suggestions of where to find the best back-to-school items, see the Back-to-School Shopping Guide for the Washington, DC Area

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