NEWS RELEASE: Don’t Forget- Shop Maryland Energy This Weekend
Annapolis, Md. (February 15, 2013) – Comptroller Peter Franchot today reminded Marylanders that they can win big this weekend by taking advantage of Shop Maryland Energy, a tax-free weekend on select ENERGY STAR products. Beginning tonight at 12:01 a.m. and ending on Monday, February 18 at 11:59 p.m., Marylanders will not pay the 6 percent state sales tax on qualifying ENERGY STAR product purchases.
Resulting from legislation passed in the 2007 special session of the Maryland General Assembly, this tax-free weekend is scheduled for the Saturday immediately preceding the third Monday in February until the third Monday of February. This annual tax holiday will occur in perpetuity until the legislature decides to revisit the issue.
“I have been throughout the state this month promoting this annual tax-free holiday,” said Comptroller Peter Franchot. “I am proud that Maryland offers this program which allows consumers who purchase ENERGY STAR products to save money on the initial purchase and future energy bills, while simultaneously benefitting Maryland retailers with a boost in sales.”
During Shop Maryland Energy, air conditioners, clothes washers, furnaces, heat pumps, standard size refrigerators, compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFL), 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. The Comptroller announced the special initiative at Cummins Appliance in Pikesville and Spichers Appliance in Hagerstown.
The ENERGY STAR label was established to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and other pollutants caused by the inefficient use of energy. The label makes it easier for consumers to identify energy-efficient products that offer savings on energy bills without sacrificing performance, features,
and comfort. A list of ENERGY STAR items may be found at: www.energystar.gov <http://www.energystar.gov/> . For more information, visit the Comptroller of Maryland's Website, www.marylandtaxes.com <http:///> , firstname.lastname@example.org <mailto:shopmaryland@comp.