Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker announced a proposal on Wednesday that would waive the state’s sales tax for the months of August and September.

The governor is proposing to waive the sales tax for two months as a way to say thank you to taxpayers after the difficult year. “People are returning to work. They’re heading out to shop and dine in our communities. And that means businesses and residents are creating more economic activity, and therefore more tax revenue along with it,” Baker said. “After this very tough year, our taxpayers and small businesses all deserve a break.”

Baker said thanks to budget management and an infusion of federal relief, the state is expected to have a large surplus when the fiscal year ends on June 30, with revenues projecting to be 14.9% above what was expected.

“In an effort to support Main Street businesses, local economies and promote economic growth and opportunity, our administration today announced its proposal to expand the 2021 Sales Tax Holiday to include the entire months of August and September,” Baker tweeted on Wednesday.

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