Save the Sales Tax This Weekend on Energy Star Appliances During Shop Maryland Weekend
If you are thinking of purchasing any new appliances, you might want to do it this weekend so that you can save the 6 percent sales tax during “Shop Maryland Energy” weekend. The following Energy Star products are tax free in the state of Maryland from Saturday to Monday.
- Air conditioners
- Washers and dryers
- Heat pumps
- Solar water heaters (tax-exempt at all times now)
- Standard size refrigerators
- Programmable thermostats
- Compact fluorescent light bulbs
The Shop Maryland Energy program was approved by the legislature in 2011 to coincide with President’s Day weekend. During this weekend, many stores traditionally offer sales and discounts on everything from appliances to automobiles to clothing and bath towels. The Shop Maryland Energy only applies to appliances with an Energy Star rating.
The sales tax exemption applies to residential and commercial purchases — as long as the product qualifies as an Energy Star rated product. Check out the Energy Star website for details on Energy Star rated appliances.
Please note that dishwashers are not included in the list of appliances, even if they are Energy Star rated. Also, there are currently no Energy Star rated clothes dryers, even though they are listed as an available product on the above list. (Perhaps a clothes line and some clothespins are the most energy efficient clothing dryers available at this time).
Representatives from the Maryland Comptroller’s office will be available to answer questions from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday at 1-800-MD-TAXES.
In South County, two retailers sell appliances. They are: