Sales tax waived on qualifying ENERGY STAR products 

News Release, Office of Maryland Comptroller

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (February 4, 2020) –Comptroller Peter Franchot is urging Marylanders to take advantage of big savings as part of the annual Shop Maryland Energy weekend from Saturday, February 15, through Monday, February 17. 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 on ENERGY STAR products that are good for the environment,” Comptroller Franchot said. “This program boosts sales during an otherwise downtime for businesses and gives consumers an incentive to purchase energy-efficient appliances.”

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

  • Cummins Appliance, Pikesville: Friday, February 7
  • Nolan’s Apache Appliance, Silver Spring: Tuesday, February 11

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.gov.

For more information on Shop Maryland Energy weekend or to download printable rack cards and shareable logos, visit marylandtaxes.govFor additional questions, e-mail taxhelp@comp.state.md.us or call 410-260-7980 (central Maryland) or toll-free at 1-800-MD-TAXES. 


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