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Both states have announced suspensions of the sales tax for people purchasing certain goods during parts of August.

“Shop Maryland” will allow shoppers to forgo Maryland’s 6 percent sales tax on purchases of qualifying apparel and footwear retailing for $100 or less. It runs from Aug. 14 to 20. See a list of items that qualify here.

Virginia is running a tax holiday on school supplies from Aug. 5 to 7. Shoppers can buy certain school supplies selling for $20 or less per item and footwear that retails for less than $100 without paying tax. To see which items qualify, visit the Virginia Department of Taxation Web site.