Cumberland Times-News

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February 14, 2013

It’s tax-free

Buy an Energy Star appliance this weekend

If you’re going to buy an appliance soon, this would be a good weekend to do so in Maryland, which the state has designated Tax Free Weekend for Energy Star appliances.

 From midnight Saturday through midnight Monday, the state’s 6 percent sales tax will not be charged on qualified air conditioners, clothes washers, furnaces, heat pumps, boilers, solar water heaters (which are now tax-exempt in Maryland at all times of the year), standard size refrigerators, dehumidifiers, programmable thermostats and compact fluorescent light bulbs.

Appearing in Hagerstown to promote the third annual Shop Maryland Energy program, Comptroller said the program is good for the environment, consumers and local stores who employ local workers.

Consumers benefit by not having to pay Maryland sales tax on an item that may cost several hundred dollars. The Energy Star items they buy will save them even more money in the long run because they will be replacing a less-efficient model with one that uses less energy — which also benefits the environment.

Only appliances that qualify for the government-backed Energy Star symbol for energy efficiency qualify for the tax exemption.

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