Local businesses ready for sales tax free weekend


Massachusetts businesses are ready to cash in on this weekend’s sales tax holiday.

This is the state’s first tax-free weekend since 2015. 

“A lot of people seem to be going out and getting their purchases for $2,500 or less, said Ann Perchack of Amherst. “It helps people out a lot.”

Shoppers won’t have to pay the 6.25 percent sales tax on purchases under $2,500, with the exception of cars, restaurant meals, alcohol and tobacco products. The tax-free weekend was approved by the state legislature August 1st leaving businesses only 10 days to prepare for it. But one Greenfield business said they assumed the state would bring it back this year. 

“We were hopeful and praying that it would happen and it has and it definitely has paid off,” said Kate Finn, co-owner of Andy’s the Oak Shoppe & Homespun by Andy’s.

Finn told 22News many customers pre-ordered furniture and will be paying for it and picking it up during the sales tax-free weekend. Massachusetts shoppers saved $25 million on the last sales tax holiday in 2015. 

Online purchases will also be free of the sales tax, as long as the items are purchased on August 11 or August 12.

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