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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (January 29, 2018) –Comptroller Peter Franchot is urging Marylanders to take advantage of big savings as part of the annual Shop Maryland Energy weekend from Saturday, February 17, through Monday, February 19. These three days, consumers will not pay the state’s six percent sales tax on qualifying ENERGY STAR appliances.

“Shop Maryland Energy weekend is a great time to take advantage of potentially hundreds of dollars in savings onENERGY STAR products that are good for the environment,” Comptroller Franchot said. “Whatever modest sacrifice this tax-free shopping weekend creates for the state budget, it’s minimal compared to the relief consumers will feel when purchasing Energy Star products completely tax-free.”

The Comptroller will visit the followingcities and towns to promoteShop Maryland Energy weekend.Details about each visit will be released ahead of the planned stops.

  • Hagerstown: Tuesday, January 30
  • Pikesville: Monday, February 12
  • Cambridge: Thursday, February 15
  • Silver Spring: Friday, February 16

During the Shop Maryland Energy event, air conditioners, washers and dryers, furnaces, heat pumps, standard-size refrigerators, compact fluorescent light bulbs, dehumidifiers and programmable thermostats that have been designated as meeting or exceeding the applicable ENERGY STAR efficiency requirements developed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy will be tax-free.A list of ENERGY STAR items may be found atenergystar.gov/productsor atmarylandtaxes.com.

For more information on Shop Maryland Energy weekend or to download printable rack cards and shareable logos, visitmarylandtaxes.com.For additional questionse-mailtaxhelp@comp.state.md.usor call 410-260-7980 (central Maryland) or toll-free at 1-800-MD-TAXES.