Comptroller Urges to Shop Maryland Energy, Feb. 13-15

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Comptroller Franchot visiting R. Brooks & Son in Cambridge for Tax Free Weekend in 2015. This year tax-free sales run from February 13—15.

Six percent sales tax waived on qualifying ENERGY STAR products

ANNAPOLIS – Comptroller Peter Franchot reminded Marylanders to take advantage of Shop Maryland Energy, a tax-free weekend on select ENERGY STAR appliances beginning at 12:01 a.m. Feb. 13, and ending at 11:59 p.m. Feb. 15. The annual tax-free weekend, now in its seventh year, allows consumers to make qualifying purchases without paying the state’s six percent sales tax.

“Shop Maryland Energy weekend is good for consumers, good for small businesses and good for the environment,” Comptroller Franchot said. “It allows consumers who buy ENERGY STAR qualified appliances to not only save money on the initial purchase, but to conserve energy, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and reduce future energy expenses.”

During the Shop Maryland Energy event, air conditioners, washers and dryers, 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.

To promote Shop Maryland Energy weekend, the Comptroller will visit several local stores throughout the state, including La Plata TV & Appliance in La Plata, Feb. 1; Cummins Appliance in Pikesville, Feb. 4; Landers Appliance in Rosedale, Feb. 4; R. Brooks & Son in Cambridge, Feb. 8; and Spichers Appliances, Electronics and Security in Hagerstown, Feb. 11.

The ENERGY STAR, a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency program, was established in 1992 to reduce levels of greenhouse gas emissions and other harmful pollutants caused by the inefficient use of energy. The ENERGY STAR label assists consumers in identifying energy-efficient products that offer savings on energy bills without sacrificing performance, features of comfort.

“Consumers have an excellent opportunity, for a limited period of time, to receive a tax break for purchasing Energy Star appliances,” said Cailey Locklair Tolle, president of the Maryland Retailers Association. “These appliances not only are energy efficient, potentially saving the consumer the cost of the product over time, but help to protect the environment as well. This annual program is a win-win for everyone; consumers support retailers in their communities, energy efficiency saves consumers money at home and energy efficient technologies result in reduced air pollution.”

A list of ENERGY STAR items may be found at: www.energystar.gov. For more information, visit the Comptroller of Maryland’s Web site, www.marylandtaxes.com, e-mail shopmaryland@comp.state.md.us, or call 410-260-7980 in Central Maryland, or toll-free, 1-800-MD-TAXES.

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