Gov. Charlie Baker approves sales tax holiday for 2019

Massachusetts

The sales tax holiday will become a permanent fixture in Massachusetts. 

Governor Charlie Baker signed a law that requires one weekend every August to be set aside as a sales tax holiday, but the law doesn’t kick in until 2019. 

Massachusetts shoppers haven’t had a sales tax holiday since 2015, a weekend where they get a break from the state 6.25 percent sales tax. 

Some shoppers don’t want to wait until 2019 when the new law goes into effect to start saving, but others said the state could use the revenue right now. 

“It’s a good idea, in general, I would guess, as long as it doesn’t impact the revenue of the state, because we’ve got to spend money on things,” Neil Robinson, a Northampton resident said.

State lawmakers could still pass legislation before August to add a sales tax holiday this summer, but the break from sales tax typically costs the state around $20 million.

But for retailers like Manny’s Appliances in Hadley, the weekend means big business. 

“It’s everything” said store manager Monte Newman. “Everything from fridges, to ranges, dishwashers. The whole gamut of everything. You’re gonna get a lot of upper midrange appliances for that, I mean people are saving thousands for sure. It’s always good for business to have the sales tax free weekend”.

Starting next year, the state legislature will have to pick a weekend in August to hold the holiday by June 15. 

State lawmakers could potentially add a sales tax holiday for this year if they pass it as part of an economic development bill they’re expected to consider later in the session.

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