If a transient vendor sells or offers to sell goods in Maryland without stating and charging the sales and use tax separately from the sale price, the transient vendor license is void and shall be seized and returned to the Comptroller's Office.
A stop sale order may also be issued to the vendor. Penalties for non-compliance include misdemeanor charges and a $500 fine upon conviction. Finally, the Comptroller's Office may seize goods offered for sale. The goods will be returned only if the owner can demonstrate that the owner is properly registered for all state taxes and has paid applicable taxes.
If you see a vendor who is not displaying a transient vendor license as required, report the situation to any local law enforcement agency or the Field Enforcement Division. Contact the Field Enforcement Division at 410-260-7388 from Central Maryland or toll-free 1-888-674-0017 from elsewhere in Maryland, Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.