Restaurants asking for a tax free holiday

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) – The harsh winter has affected restaurant sales. 22News found out if restaurant owners in Northampton like the idea of a meals tax holiday.

The restaurant and business alliance is asking Beacon Hill to advance one of several bills that already exist for a meals tax holiday.

If it passes, customers wouldn’t have to pay taxes on their meals.

The alliance is pushing for this tax free week or weekend to help restaurants catch up from the half a dozen snow storms we’ve had in less than two months.

A few bucks might not make a difference to some, but for some restaurant owners, its a nice reward for customers.

Joe Igneri of the Local Burger in Northampton told 22News, “I think it’s a great idea. I think it would increase sales and save people money. Even if it’s 3 or 4 dollars, they’re still saving something.”

The meals tax holiday is an effort to stimulate tips and business. The hope is if a customer saves $3 on their meal they might add it to their tip or order something else on the menu.

Similar proposals for a meals tax holiday have been rejected before because lawmakers are concerned about losing state tax revenue.