HADLEY, Mass. (WWLP) - This week, lawmakers began working on a bill that would allow you to shop, free of sales tax, August 10th and 11th.
Last year's summer sales tax -ree holiday weekend saved customers more than 23 million dollars, according to Massachusetts' Economic Development Committee.
"I think it gets people out to buys things, big ticket items. if it was on their list. This year I don't have anything on my list but if it was I would probably go out that day to get it," Brian Wadman of Greenfield told 22News.
The sales tax holiday in the past has attracted shoppers to buy higher priced items, saving them the normal 6.25 percent sales tax for things like washer/dryers, furniture, and TV's.
Cars, boats, and meals don't qualify for the tax-free weekend. This year's bill will cap tax-free purchases at 2,500 dollars.
Lawmakers in support of the bill argue this is good for business during the "slow summer months."
Monte Newman, of Manny's TV and Appliances told 22News the weekend brings in large number of people because it takes three months of sales and crams them into two days.
"I think only a small amount of those are people that out of the blue said ‘Hey ya know I'm gonna save taxes because I think it's a good time to upgrade.' It is a good time to upgrade. It's not a bad idea to save those taxes," Newman said.
He also explained that May to November is their busy time, because many new homes are being built, or new home purchases are made. He said summer is the time when people generally shop for home appliances or are looking for an upgrade.