Sales tax free weekend hurts state, saves you money

State looses nearly $25 million over sales tax holiday

WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP)– Shoppers will get another sales tax free weekend this summer.

The state’s House and Senate have both agreed to allow another sales tax free weekend this year, but are still deciding on when. The House proposed August 16th-17th while the Senate is proposing the weekend before, the 9th and 10th.

In 2013 the state lost out on nearly 25 million dollars over the two day sales tax break. Some critics of the weekend argue the loss of revenue hurts the state, and just condenses several months of buying into those two days.

For you, it’s a chance to buy big ticket items because you don’t have to pay the state’s 6.25% sales tax when you shop.

22News asked one local business owner how going sales tax free for two days affects them.

Brian Zippin of Contractor’s Home Appliances told 22News tax free weekend is a welcomed boom to business during typically slow summer months.

“If we ran a sale offering 6 or 7 or 8 percent off we would not see the same traffic or the same level of traffic that we see from this sale, because again it’s people thinking they’re getting something back from the state that they wouldn’t ordinarily get,” Zippin said.

Zippin also told 22News they up their staff and extend their hours to keep up with the large amount of shoppers that weekend. “We typically do one month’s sales in that weekend,” Zippin said.

The way the House has the bill written at the moment, the tax break does not cover gas, electricity, cars, boats, meals or anything that costs more than $2,500.

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