BOSTON (CBS) — A date has been set for the annual Massachusetts Sales Tax Holiday. The Baker administration announced that the tax-free weekend is scheduled for August 29-30.

“This break from the sales tax has always been an important way for the Commonwealth to support many small businesses and consumers, but it’s obviously especially important this year, given the fact that so many of those businesses have just recently reopened,” Gov. Charlie Baker said at a news conference Tuesday.

The retail industry has been hit especially hard by the coronavirus pandemic. The unemployment rate for Massachusetts was 16.3% in May.

Baker signed a law in 2018 to make an annual sales tax holiday weekend permanent in Massachusetts. Click here for more details about what will qualify for a tax exemption.

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