Sales Tax Holiday unlikely to happen this Summer

The tax-free weekend is popular for shoppers and merchants alike

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HOLYOKE, Mass. (WWLP) – If you were planning to make your big-ticket purchases during the tax free weekend this summer, you may be disappointed. The sales tax holiday usually takes place in August, but Lawmakers aren’t sure the state can afford a tax-free weekend this year.

No legislative action has been taken to suspend the states 6.25% sales tax for one weekend next month.
Marketing Director of Holyoke Mall Lisa Wray told 22News people come from all over New England to take advantage of Massachusetts’ tax-free weekend.

“It is a significant weekend, not only for our big box stores like Best Buy and Target but also for our smaller stores and restaurants who benefit from the additional shopper traffic that weekend,” Wray explains.

Massachusetts has held sales tax holidays in all but one year since 2004. State officials say the tax-free weekend could cost the state 28 million dollars in lost sales tax. But the Retailers Association of Massachusetts says tax holidays help the state in other ways, such as creating higher payroll taxes as more people are hired to help accommodate the additional shoppers.

“The morning of tax-free weekend we start placing orders at 6 in the morning and we go all the way until 10 o’clock at night on Sunday. It’s a high volume weekend for us we actually do more money that weekend than we do on black Friday,” explains Anna Whittier, General Manager at Pottery Barn.

State lawmakers have until the end of the month to create a state sales tax holiday bill before they recess for the rest of the year.

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