Franchot to Encourage Marylanders to Shop Tax-Free During Visits to Retailers in Bethesda & Waldorf

– Shoppers to Get Sales Tax Break August 9-15 –

WHO:             Comptroller Peter Franchot

Local and state officials

Local retail industry officials

WHAT:          With school days not far off, Comptroller Franchot will visit Beyda’s Lad & Lassie store, owned by Shelley Rosenberg in Bethesda, today to encourage shoppers to take advantage of the sales tax break for back-to-school clothing and footwear during Shop Maryland Tax-Free Week, which runs Sunday, August 9, through Saturday, August 15. Qualifying clothing and footwear priced $100 or less will be exempt from Maryland’s 6 percent sales tax.

In the afternoon, the Comptroller will visit St. Charles Towne Center in Waldorf to let shoppers know about the week-long reprieve from the sales tax. The Comptroller, who will be joined by Charles County elected officials and members of the Chamber of Commerce, will give a presentation at the Center Court on the lower level and then stop by several mall stores.

More information on qualifying items may be found at, or or call 410-260-7980 in Central Maryland or toll-free at 1-800-MD-TAXES.

WHEN:          Today, August 7, 2015                                 


WHERE:       11 a.m.                                                            1 p.m.

                        Beyda’s Lad and Lassie                                  St. Charles Towne Center

544 Westbard Ave.                                         1110 Mall Circle

Bethesda, MD 20816                                      Waldorf, MD 20603              

MEDIA CONTACT:  Barbara Sauers, 410-260-7438 (office), 410-212-9414 (cell)