Massachusetts sales tax holiday to take place last weekend in August

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FILE- In this Nov. 23, 2018, file photo shoppers browse the aisles during a Black Friday sale at a Target store in Newport, Ky. Comparable stores sales at Target fell well below the previous year, joining a growing list of retailers reporting a meager performances during the critical holiday shopping season. Target said Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020, that it had weaker-than-expected sales of electronics, toys and some home good. Those sales climbed 1.4% in the November-December period, compared with a 5.7% increase a year earlier. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)

BOSTON, M.A. (WLNE) – Governor Baker and his administration announced Tuesday that the yearly sales tax-free weekend in Massachusetts will take place the weekend of August 29-30.

The Massachusetts governor signed the new law in 2018 to make the sales tax-free holiday an annual occurrence permanently. This year marks the second sales tax holiday for the state.

“The annual sales tax holiday is an opportunity for us to support small businesses and consumers, and this year, it’s a great way to support our economy that’s been impacted by COVID-19,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “This pandemic has created enormous challenges for the Commonwealth’s small businesses, and the sales tax-free weekend is one way that we can encourage more economic activity to help Main Street businesses and local economies.”

Lt Governor Karyn Polito added, “As the Commonwealth continues its phased reopening process, we recognize that many small businesses continue to face difficulties.”

“The upcoming sales tax holiday will be an opportunity for people throughout Massachusetts to help support local companies and generate much needed economic activity.” Said Secretary for Administration and Finance Michael J. Heffernan.

The late summer sales tax-free holiday for the state of Massachusetts is a hopeful weekend for many local businesses that have experienced economic suffering during the pandemic.

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