SPRINGFIELD, Mass (WWLP) — Shoppers have a lot to celebrate and save this weekend as Massachusetts begins its tax free weekend starting Saturday.
For two days out of the entire year, you can buy a few items for under $2,500 without the 6.25% sales tax.
Now you’ll probably want to know what you can and what you can’t buy without any tax on it, so the items that will still be taxed are cars, boats, food, tobacco, and gas.
The reason they created this tax-free weekend 10 years ago was to boost sales during the slowest shopping month of the year.
18 states have tax free holidays, but Massachusetts is the only one without a permanent date, and that’s because the dates are chosen by state lawmakers, and the weekend they choose depends on the economy at the time. State lawmakers had a bit of a power struggle this year choosing between the second or the third week of August.
A lot of stores online do not collect Massachusetts state tax, so their prices won’t be affected unless that store is physically in the state.
This sales tax holiday costs the state between 20 and 25 million dollars in lost revenue.
The Eastfield Mall will open at 10:00a.m. Saturday, and we expect to see lots of shoppers coming through its doors to take advantage of this tax free weekend.