A special weekend offering a tax break on certain ENERGY STAR products is scheduled for February 15th through the 17th. Comptroller Peter Franchot's office says 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 will be exempt from Maryland's six percent sales tax.
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 inefficient use of energy. The ENERGY STAR label assists consumers in identifying energy-efficient products that can offer savings on energy bills without sacrificing performance, and features of comfort.
A list of exempt and taxable items is available on the Comptroller's website at www.marylandtaxes.com .