Tax holiday time: NH should be shouting hurray
August 11. 2013 7:31PM
Massachusetts yesterday ended its annual sales-tax-free weekend, the one (or two) days a year when Bay State consumers and visitors get a break from the state’s 6.25 percent tax on almost all consumer goods. Even the tax break, however, comes with exceptions. Any item costing more than $2,500 was still subject to the tax.
The state figured to lose more than $20 million in taxes over the weekend. Every other day of the year, it is hitting up consumers for such tribute. The tax holiday is a good reason for New Hampshire to celebrate. It is a useful reminder to ourselves, to Bay Staters, and to tourists from across the country that every day of the year is a tax holiday here.
Former Gov. John Lynch occasionally took this opportunity to promote tax-free New Hampshire in the Boston media. But otherwise his Democratic Party has never seemed much interested in such things. Are they ashamed or something?
Many New Hampshire retailers may assume that everyone knows we are sales-tax-free. While some do promote this important fact as part of their advertising, others do not. They should.