CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) - Massachusetts is bringing back a sales tax holiday. 22News compared the savings to neighboring states.
For two days in August, you'll be able to buy most items in Massachusetts without paying sales tax. We found out how much you're actually saving.
For every 100 dollars you spend on the sales tax holiday weekend you save $6.25. Not everyone takes advantage of it.
"Not necessarily unless it's a huge purchase," said Amherst's Brett Felix.
Big ticket items that cost $2500 or less you can save more than $150 dollars, but if you travel to New Hampshire you get these savings year round.
"It (sales-tax holiday) helps a lot in the western Mass. area, not too many people can get up to New Hampshire to make a purchase and pick it up," said Edward Knybel, sales consultant at Manny's TV & Appliance in Hadley, MA.
If you do cross state lines to go shopping, there are some exceptions to the rule.
- Massachusetts has a 6.25% sales tax, but clothing isn't taxed unless you buy more than $175 in a single trip.
- New Hampshire doesn't have sales tax.
- Connecticut's Sales Tax is 6.35%.
- Vermont's sales tax varies from 6% - 7%, but does not tax clothing.
- New York's sales tax varies from 4% - 8.9% and clothing is only taxed if you buy more than $110 in one trip. Some would rather just shop close to home.
22News asked one western Mass. resident, "Do you ever shop crossing state lines to save a couple bucks?"
"No," (How come?), "It's a waste of gas," said South Hadley's Carole Camp.
The Massachusetts sales tax holiday will be on Saturday August 10th and Sunday August 11th.
Connecticut has a clothing tax free week from Sunday August 18th to Saturday August 24th for purchases of $300 or less.