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Virginia, Maryland Launching Sales Tax Holidays For Back-To-School

WASHINGTON DC (WUSA) - It's almost the most wonderful time of the year, for parents. The kids will soon be going back to school. But before that, the average American family will shell out $606 this year on back-to-school shopping, according to the National Retail Federation. With such a high pricetag, every little bit helps and help is on the way in the form of local tax holidays in Virginia and Maryland over the next few days.

Virginia's sales tax holiday begins Friday and ends Sunday. The state's 5 percent sales tax will be waived on clothing that costs $100 dollars or less and school supplies that cost $20 or less. The tax holiday also works for items on layaway and rain checks, as long are you make the deal this weekend.

Sunday Maryland kicks off its sales tax holiday, which runs until August 14th. Shoppers will get a break on Maryland's 6 percent tax rate on clothing and shoes that cost 100 dollars or less. But in Maryland, there is no break on school supplies under $20.

You can add even more discounts on top of these two programs by way of coupons in the newspaper and some prices are already marked way down. For example, at Staples, shoppers will pay $1 for a 500 pages of printer paper. Office Depot is handing out a free backpack with a $10 purchase. Target is selling some supplies for 50 cents, including 1-inch binders, index cards and pens. Walmart is selling $7 sheet sets, and $16 down comforters.

Written by Jessica Doyle
9News Now