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Massachusetts House, Senate lawmakers agree on sales tax holiday, disagree on best weekend

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BOSTON — House and Senate lawmakers have agreed to give Massachusetts shoppers another sales tax holiday this summer.

They just haven't agreed on when.

The Massachusetts Senate passed an amendment to an economic development bill on Tuesday that would set the tax holiday for Aug. 9-10.

That's the weekend before the House-proposed tax holiday of Aug. 16-17.

Tax-free holidays have been held several times in recent years. Retailers welcome them as an opportunity to lure shoppers into stores to jump-start a typically slow time of year.

State officials have expressed concern, however, about the loss of an estimated $20 million in sales tax revenue during the weekend.

The question of which weekend will have to be hashed out when a conference committee meets to reconcile both economic development bills into a single piece of legislation.

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