STATE HOUSE, BOSTON, JUNE 13, 2022…..The Legislature on Monday set the dates for this year’s sales tax holiday weekend, settling on August 13 and 14, when Massachusetts shoppers will benefit a state sales tax break on most retail items under $2,500.
The annual Sales Tax Free Weekend was made permanent by a 2018 law, which requires the Legislature to set the dates by June 15 each year, otherwise the Department of Revenue can choose.
As part of the “Grand Bargain” law, retailers in 2018 dropped their push for a ballot question lowering the sales tax from 6.25% to 5%. This law also increased the minimum wage from $11 to $15 an hour over a five-year period, phased out time-and-a-half pay for workers on Sundays and holidays over the same period and consolidated the launch of a paid system. family and medical leave program supervised by the state government and supported by a payroll tax.
The co-chairs of the Economic Development Committee, Sen. Eric Lesser and Rep. Jerry Parisella, sponsored date-setting actions in their respective branches on Monday.
Ahead of the Senate vote, Minority Leader Bruce Tarr said the legislature was “proactive” and setting the date, but he found it “unfortunate” that no further tax relief measures had yet been taken.
“While we are here to accomplish at least two days of sales tax relief, I hope that with the time remaining in this session, we will consider further extending this sales tax exemption,” he said. said Tarr, “as one of the best ways to be able to provide tax relief to the citizens of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, who are watching these debates and wondering – repeatedly – if we have billions of dollars in surplus and that we are properly funding all of our accounts, so why can’t we find the ability to reach consensus on delivering substantial and responsible tax relief?”
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