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On eve of Mass. tax holiday, NH governor touts his state

August 09. 2012 6:59PM

CONCORD - Every day is a holiday from paying a sales tax in New Hampshire Gov. John Lynch reminded Massachusetts shoppers Thursday on the eve of that state's annual two-day sales tax holiday.

'In New Hampshire, we believe you should be able to shop on your own time, and not just two days out of the year,' Lynch said. 'Because in New Hampshire, every day is a sales tax holiday.'

Appearing with retailers at the newly opened Merrimack Premium Outlets with over 100 retail stores, Lynch touted the state's tax-friendly environment as he has done in the past when Massachusetts declares a sales-tax holiday.

This year the holiday exempts items less than $2,500 from the state's 6.25 percent sales tax that are for personal use. Purchases for business use are not exempt.

'Here in New Hampshire, we pride ourselves on a high quality of life, scenic beauty and one of the most business-friendly and tax-friendly environments in the country,' Lynch said. 'I believe we have truly become a retail shopping destination for the people of this region, and beyond. Visitors who stay, shop and eat in New Hampshire are important to our economy, and I want to do everything possible as governor to encourage more people to come to New Hampshire - whether it is for a week or for a few hours of shopping.'

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