KNOXVILLE (WVLT) -- Tennessee lawmakers are keeping their promise to give you another sales-tax free shopping weekend, but some residents are calling the chosen dates, March 21st through the 23rd, a breach of faith.
Easter infrequently falls in March, and for state lawmakers, setting this spring’s tax holiday had more to do with figuring out when you would get your income tax refunds than when you would be celebrating one of the most important days in the Christian faith.
Even so, some believe you shouldn't have to choose between saving money and celebrating your savior.
Still, many haven’t decided yet if they want to take part in the tax free savings.
“I don’t know whether I'm going to shop it or not to be honest with you,” said Winston Gilmore, a Powell resident.
“I don't like the crowds and all the pushing,” said Martha Cross of West Knoxville.
The fact that the weekend falls over Easter could make things even worse with sales.
Religious leaders, like Church Street United Methodist Pastor William Fowler, think the timing was not deliberate.
“No matter what, Easter is going to be Easter,” said Rev. Fowler. “If someone is tempted to compromise whatever they usually do because of a tax free buildup or whatever, then they will compromise.”
State Senator Tim Burchett, who represents Knoxville believes that some business folks could feel forced.
“Your local Mom and Pop operations, they're closed on Easter Sunday and they want their families, they want to spend time with their families,” he said.
That’s why the state politician has been trying to get his fellow lawmakers to push the tax free weekend back a few weeks.
But if he is unsuccessful, and the dates hold up, can you honor both faith and family finance?
According to Pastor Fowler, it depends on your relationship with God.
“I want it to be a high and holy time,” he said, “but at the same time, who am I to put down somebody who feels differently? I think God loves all of us!”
So far, each of Tennessee's three sales tax free weekends have saved folks between $8 and $15 million dollars.
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