Senate votes in favor of sales tax holiday weekend, final draft in works for Governor Baker

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The sales tax holiday weekend in August was among the first orders of business when debating the more than $600 million economic development bill.

The bill calls for the state’s 6.25 percent sales tax to be put on hold for the weekend of August 11 and 12 on items that cost less than $2,500.

Senate Minority Leader Bruce Tarr’s amendment refers to the tax-free weekend as a “brief reprieve from the sales tax burden on the citizens of the commonwealth.”

If approved, 2018 will be the 12th year out of the last 15 in which Massachusetts waived its sales tax for shoppers.

In its redraft of the jobs bill, the Senate Ways and Mean Committee did not include a sales tax holiday weekend for this summer. But the Senate Committee on Bonding, Capital Expenditures and State Assets did call for a sales tax holiday the same weekend as the House bill passed earlier this month.

A compromise bill will have to be worked out before they can send it to the Governor.

22News will let you know if and when a decision is made on a tax free weekend.

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