On Friday afternoon, Governor Charlie Baker made it official, signing the tax-free holiday weekend into effect for Massachusetts on August 11th and 12th for most purchases under $2,500.
In a tweet, Governor Baker posted, “I am pleased to sign, as part of the [Economic Development] bill this provision into law to support our small businesses and give our residents a break.”
The 6.25 percent tax will be waived on most items sold in retail stores, including at one of Webster’s newest local businesses, Vee’s Furniture & Mattresses, located at 183 Main Street.
The store, which had its grand opening ribbon cutting one week ago today, less than an hour before a tornado ripped through a section of Main Street just around the corner.
The store’s owner, Mark Vanderhoof tells THE LAKE 940 in addition to his ongoing grand opening specials this week, which end tomorrow, you can also also shop tax free and save even more.
If you stop into Vee’s today or tomorrow you’ll save the 6.25 percent sales tax, plus an additional 10 percent off your purchase. The store is open until 6PM on Saturday and from 12-4PM for a rare Sunday shopping experience.
The sales tax exemption doesn’t apply to telecommunications services, tobacco products, natural gas, steam, electricity, motor vehicles, motorboats, jet skis or meals. You also are not likely to get the discount when shopping online at websites like Amazon.
This is the first sale tax holiday in Massachusetts since 2015.
Happy shopping, and thanks for doing it locally, supporting local stores and businesses in the community.
This weekend, there will be a Sales Tax Holiday in Massachusetts. I am pleased to sign, as part of the #EconDev bill, this provision into law to support our small businesses and give our residents a break. #BuyInMA pic.twitter.com/K3EshXTqYm
— Charlie Baker (@MassGovernor) August 10, 2018