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Mark Robyn: Sales Tax Holidays Help Politicians, Not Shoppers

July 29, 2010

Sales tax holidays are annual events in many states. Politicians like them because they can boast about providing a highly visible, if only short-term, tax cut. But Tax Foundation economist Mark Robyn says sales tax holidays do nothing to boost retail sales or economic growth, burden small retailers by adding complexity to tax collections, and can distort consumer behavior in ways that help sales of some items at the expense of others.