Massachusetts residents looking forward to no sales tax this weekend

Hampshire County

Shoppers can skip the sales tax in Massachusetts this weekend.

Businesses are getting ready for a busy weekend — as a sales tax holiday returns to the state. There will be a sales tax-free weekend in Massachusetts for the first time since 2015.

“We’re looking at buying a bunch of furniture and of course that will make a big difference if you’re spending that much for a couch or a love chair, so it makes a big difference,” said Jim Everett of South Hadley.

Massachusetts lawmakers last week passed a bill which allows you to shop without having to pay the state’s 6.25 percent sales tax on August 11 and 12.

Although the sales tax holiday does exclude things like cars and tobacco products, local businesses in Northampton like Fly by Night expect to see pretty good business this weekend, because furniture is not taxed.

Single items over $2,500 are also exempt from the tax-free weekend.

Fly By Night President, Richard Zafft said although he’s excited to see a boost in business this weekend, it can take a toll, especially since the bill was just passed two weeks prior to the sales tax holiday.

“It’s stressful not knowing what’s going to happen till the last minute,” said Zafft. “In fact, this is stressful being so busy and getting a month or two worth of business in a  weekend, it can be like that. I mean that’s a lot to do when you’re just an independent business and it’s just your regular staff.”

Fly by Night and other local business will have extended hours this weekend.

Consumers can expect a sales tax holiday every year moving forward, beginning next year.

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