Fran­chot pro­motes Tax-Free Week

Dorchester Star - - Regional - By DUSTIN HOLT dholt@ches­pub.com Fol­low Caro­line/Dorch­ester Ed­i­tor Dustin Holt on Twit­ter @Dustin_ StarDem.

CAM­BRIDGE — The an­nual Shop Mary­land Tax-Free Week be­gan Sun­day, Aug. 14, and fea­tures tax-free sales on cloth­ing and shoes that are in­di­vid­u­ally un­der $100.

Gov. Larry Ho­gan joined Comp­trol­ler Peter Fran­chot in Fred­er­ick Wed­nes­day, Aug. 10, to pro­mote taxfree week, which con­cludes Satur­day, Aug. 20. Fran­chot also made a stop in Cam­bridge on Fri­day, Aug. 12, to dis­cuss the im­por­tant of the an­nual shop­ping in­cen­tive.

“Au­gust is tra­di­tion­ally the slow­est shop­ping month,” he said. “This for­give­ness, waiver of the six per­cent sales tax on cloth­ing and shoes as proven to be a great in­cen­tive to get shop­pers back into stores. It is be­com­ing the sec­ond busiest shop­ping week of the year af­ter Christ­mas.

“I would rec­om­mend to fam­i­lies for back to school shop­ping to take ad­van­tage of it,” he said. “It can add up pretty quickly. Any item of cloth­ing as long as they are in­di­vid­u­ally un­der $100, you don’t have to pay the six per­cent sale tax.”

Fran­chot said the week gets ev­ery­one in a great shop­ping mood while ex­plor­ing the many busi­nesses in Mary­land.

“I tell ev­ery­one look­ing for a deal to come on down and shop at these won­der­ful Mary­land stores,” he said. “It re­ally helps them be­cause it gets peo­ple back in the mood for shop­ping. It spills over af­ter La­bor Day, and into Oc­to­ber and Novem­ber and along comes Christ­mas. It is very good for the state’s econ­omy.

“I’m de­lighted Gov. Ho­gan will join me to let Mary­lan­ders know about an op­por­tu­nity to keep more of their hard-earned money as they shop backto-school sales for their chil­dren or them­selves,” he said. “A break on the cost of cloth­ing and shoes can make a real dif­fer­ence and help stretch fam­ily bud­gets. Lo­cal re­tail­ers also ben­e­fit with in­creased foot traf­fic.”

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