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July 25, 2013

House Speaker: Sales tax holiday weekend planned

BOSTON (AP) — Shoppers in Massachusetts could be looking ahead to another summer tax-free weekend.

House Speaker Robert DeLeo said Wednesday that lawmakers are planning to take up a bill next week to create the sales tax holiday.

DeLeo said that while the state’s economy is continuing to improve, the tax holiday will be a boost to consumers and shop owners.

Under the legislation, the sales tax holiday would be scheduled for August 10 and 11 and will apply to retail sales excluding any single item priced higher than $2,500.

Sales-tax holiday weekends have become something of a tradition in Massachusetts during the dog days of summers as lawmakers hope to give a boost to businesses and consumers during a typically slow shopping season.

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