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Maryland's Energy Star Sales Tax Holiday Returns February 15th

Tax Development Feb 05, 2014

Maryland’s annual Shop Maryland Energy sales tax holiday begins at 12:01 a.m. February 15, 2014 and ends at 11:59 p.m. February 17, 2014. Now in its fifth year, the program allows for the waiver of the state’s 6% sales tax on qualified Energy Star appliances purchased in Maryland during this period. Energy Star products are those products designated as meeting or exceeding the Environmental Protection Agency’s efficiency requirements for the program.

The sales tax holiday applies to Energy Star labeled

  • Air conditioners,
  • Washers and dryers,
  • Furnaces,
  • Heat pumps,
  • Standard-sized refrigerators,
  • Compact fluorescent light bulbs,
  • Dehumidifiers, and
  • Programmable thermostats.

Other states, including Texas and Virginia, offer a comparable Energy Star sales tax holiday. If you are considering, as an individual or a business, any of these types of purchases, state Departments of Revenue websites can provide additional guidance.


Jeremiah T. Lynch