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Business

Shirley Leung

The case for a sales tax rollback

On the last sales tax holiday, I splurged and bought the Taj Mahal of swing sets, plunking down $2,400 for a monument to fun (First kid, don’t judge). This year I will probably head over to Costco and buy six jumbo boxes of diapers just to stick it to the tax man (Second kid, standards change).

Many residents of Massachusetts will be doing the same thing this weekend, stocking up to take advantage of a sales tax holiday that saves them 6.25 percent on most purchases. The two-day reprieve cost the state $23 million last year, but our Beacon Hill leaders feel good about the move because it helps consumers and drives extra business to merchants.

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