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      Maryland's tax-free holiday begins

      Maryland's tax-free shopping week is under way.

      Starting Sunday and continuing through Aug. 18, purchases of qualifying clothes and shoes for $100 or less are exempt from the state's 6 percent sales tax.

      The sales tax holiday is meant to encourage families to do their back-to-school shopping at Maryland stores.

      The tax break does not apply to school supplies, accessories or handbags.

      Click here to view Shop Maryland Week's list of taxable and exempt items.