Consumers and Small Businesses Looking Forward to Aug. 13-14 Tax-Free Weekend

Date: August 11, 2022


BOSTON (Aug. 11, 2022)  NFIB State Director Christopher Carlozzi says Massachusetts’ 2022 sales tax holiday – taking place this weekend, Aug. 13th-14th – is a chance for consumers to support small businesses rocked by the series of economic setbacks that began with the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020. During this year’s tax holiday, the usual 6.25% state sales tax will not be charged on most items costing less than $2,500. The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), the nation’s leading small business advocacy organization, encourages consumers to benefit from the great deals and excellent customer service at Main Street shops across the Commonwealth this weekend.

“While it is always important to support your local small business economy, it is even more imperative to shop local as Main Street businesses are still recovering from their pandemic-related losses,” said NFIB State Director Christopher Carlozzi. “These are the same shops and restaurants that sponsor youth sports teams, donate to neighborhood schools, and provide jobs for your friends and neighbors.”

“In the aftermath of a legislative session where lawmakers failed to provide tax relief for consumers and small businesses suffering under record high inflation, we strongly encourage shoppers to take advantage of the state’s sales tax holiday weekend,” continued Carlozzi. “Though legislators called efforts to suspend the state gas tax a gimmick’ and other tax reform attempts stalled in the final days of session, the statutorily mandated sales tax holiday may be the only way Massachusetts taxpayers will experience any relief for their wallets this year.” 

“Unfortunately, consumers are spending more of their hard-earned money and receiving less under this extreme inflation,” Carlozzi said. “The sales tax holiday will provide some level of savings for shoppers, and we encourage people to make those purchases at their local, neighborhood small businesses that will offer special deals alongside exceptional customer service.” 

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For almost 80 years, the National Federation of Independent Business has been the voice of small business, advocating on behalf of America’s small and independent business owners, both in Washington, D.C., and in all 50 state capitals. NFIB is nonprofit, nonpartisan, and member-driven. Since our founding in 1943, NFIB has been exclusively dedicated to small and independent businesses and remains so today. For more information, please visit  


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