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Sen. Benjamin B. Downing sent us reminder in his latest e-letter today: The state's reinstituted a sales tax holiday for Aug. 14-15. The governor signed the legislation on Thursday giving Bay State consumers a break on most items costing less than $2,500.

The holiday, first enacted in 2005 and observed in some form by more than a dozen states, was canceled last year in light of the state's fiscal distress. Each tax holiday weekend costs the state about $15 million in revenue, and would have been more last year with the sales tax jumping from 5 percent to 6.25 percent.

The holiday is part of an economic development measure designed to help small business; getting consumers shopping will help stimulate the state's economy, say supporters.

Here's what Sen. Downing sent us. (To get the senator's Press Pass, sign up on his website.)


Save the Date:  Sales Tax Holiday - August 14-15!

Senator Downing is pleased to announce that recently passed Economic Development Reorganization legislation authorizes a sales tax holiday on next Saturday and Sunday, August 14 and 15.  The Governor signed the bill into law on Thursday at a signing ceremony in Braintree.  Senator  Downing was one of three Senate conference committee members who negotiated the final legislative package passed by the House and Senate last week.

Items for purchase at retailers across the Commonwealth under $2,500 will not be charged sales tax during the designated weekend.  The sale of motor vehicles, motorboats, and meals do not qualify for the tax holiday.


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