GREENFIELD, Mass. (WWLP)- A rising revenue shortage forced state lawmakers to skip the sales tax free holiday this summer.
Had the two-day tax break gone through, it could have cost the state close to 27 million dollars. The cancellation of the tax free weekend left many shoppers upset and in shock, some who were planning months ahead to make purchases.
“Usually you bank on looking forward to it, there’s that one big ticket item or something that you’re looking forward too,” said Kara Sullivan of Chicopee. “Every little bit helps in today’s economy.”
The weekend is almost always in August, the slowest shopping month of the season.This year it would have fallen on August 13th and 14th. Some Greenfield businesses are still offering promotions even without the state’s support.
Kate Finn, Co-Owner of Andy’s and the Oak Shoppe said, “If they say no we can still say yes. That’s exactly what we are doing because small businesses like this are the backbone of the community in Greenfield. We want to give back to our customers who make us successful.”
Finn said the additional savings are the same if there would have been a sales tax holiday. Those include 10 percent off orders and the tax match discount of 6.25 percent.
The last time there was no sales tax holiday in Massachusetts was in 2009 when state lawmakers raised the sales tax.