News Release, Office of the Maryland Comptroller

Sales tax waived on qualifying ENERGY STAR products

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (February 7, 2019) –Comptroller Peter Franchot is urging Marylanders to take advantage of big savings as part of the annual Shop Maryland Energy weekend from Saturday, February 16, through Monday, February 18. On 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. “This program boosts sales during an otherwise down time for businesses and gives consumers an incentive to purchase energy-efficient appliances.”

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

  • Silver Spring: Friday, February 8
  • Rising Sun: Monday, February 11
  • Hagerstown: Tuesday, February 12
  • Cambridge: Thursday, February 13
  • Pikesville: Thursday, February 14

During the Shop Maryland Energy event, air conditioners, washers and dryers, furnaces, heat pumps, standard-size refrigerators, compact fluorescent and LED 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.

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