Tax-Free Back-to-School Sales in VA and MD – NBC Washington DC (44)

Heading back to school, Virginia and Maryland have tax-free shopping days to benefit families.


The long-awaited temporary exemption from sales tax began this Friday in Virginia and will continue until August 7.

In accordance with a video from the Virginia Department of Revenue this initiative is defined as “limited time periods in which you can purchase specific items without paying Virginia sales tax.”

According to the audiovisual, the temporary exemption from Virginia sales tax includes purchases in stores and products sold online, offering consumers the opportunity to save between 5.3% to 7% on purchases.

Here are some of the items eligible during Virginia Duty Free Shopping Days:

  • School Supplies,
  • Clothes and shoes,
  • Specific hurricane preparedness items,
  • Energy Star or WaterSense products for non-commercial household or personal use

You can find more information here.


The Maryland tax-free shopping period will begin on August 14 and continue through the 20th.

It includes purchases in stores and products sold on the internet paid for and delivered to the consumer during the week.

Unlike Virginia, tax-free eligible purchases include clothing and shoes of $100 or less per item and the first $40 of a backpack or backpack.

“The week of #ShopMDTaxFree It’s not just for back-to-school shopping, it’s a great time to shop for the whole family,” the Maryland Comptroller reported. in a tweet.

You can find more information here.

Washington, DC has ceased its tax-free weekend. Legislation that repealed DC duty-free shopping days was enacted in 2019.

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