Massachusetts shoppers took advantage of the two-day tax holiday


The two-day shopping holiday returned this year, saving consumers money on big ticket items like lawn mowers and TV’s. 

But for some small businesses, leveling the playing field for just one weekend isn’t enough.

The last time Massachusetts shoppers took advantage of a sales tax holiday was 3-years ago. 
Shoppers saved about $25 million on big ticket items, like furniture and TV’s. 

But, the two-day holiday leaves some businesses frustrated about losing money to nearby states with lower taxes or no sales tax at all, like neighboring New Hampshire or even online retailers.

Barbara McCarthy, the owner of Shoenique in Longmeadow, told 22News, “You know as a small boutique we have a lot of unique things that you can’t feel or see online, and that’s what sets us apart, I think, from other competition.”

In Massachusetts, all clothing and footwear items under $175 are already tax-free.

For some small businesses that sell only clothing and/or shoes say the tax free holiday has little to no impact. 

Brian Fuller, the owner of Fleet Fleet Sports, added, “I think it’s probably really good if you are selling a lot of larger ticket taxable items, you know for us we just don’t see any kind of impact here.”

Fleet Fleet Sports’ biggest ticket item is the Garmin GPS watches tracking fitness. But for some businesses the two-day holiday is not enough to level the playing field.

In Connecticut, the annual sales tax free holiday will run for a week, from Sunday, August 19th until Saturday, August 25th.

Under legislation signed last month, Massachusetts will have a tax free weekend every August, starting in 2019.

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