SOUTH HADLEY, Mass. (WWLP) – Sunday is the second day of the tax free weekend in which there is no state sales tax. That means for items under $2500 you can purchase them without the 6.25% sales tax attached.
Sales tax weekend is the weekend that many people look forward to when they want to save on bigger items such as TVs and washing machines, but it also helps families who are looking for back to school clothes and school supplies.
Massachusetts is one of 18 states that has a tax-free weekend but is the only state that changes the date every year. That’s because Massachusetts lawmakers decide that date and that usually depends on the economy of the time. This year they went back and forth deciding between having the weekend during the second or the third week of August.
Tax-free weekend started in August about 10 years ago as a way to boost sales during the slower shopping month of the year.
For those of you who are online shoppers, you will not see much of a price difference when you go to check out because Massachusetts state tax does not apply to many online stores, unless that store is actually in the state of Massachusetts, and then yes, you will see your prices drop a little bit.