UPDATE: Meals Not Exempt During Massachusetts Sales Tax Holiday

UpdateThe first of the legislatively mandated annual sales tax holidays is set for the weekend of August 17-18, 2019 in Massachusetts. As in previous years, the state’s 6.25% sales tax will be waived on most retail purchases made in the state, up to a $2,500 limit. Sales taxes will also be waived on eligible items purchased online.

While there was talk of restaurant meals and non-alcoholic beverages being included in the tax-free weekend, the Governor and Legislature have since made it clear that meal taxes will still be collected.

In the past the sales tax holiday has been subject to annual approval by the Massachusetts legislature. A “grand bargain” passed last year has formalized the no-tax weekend on an annual basis.

You can find more information on the sales tax holiday on the state website by clicking here.

Questions about this and other SALT (state and local tax) issues? Please contact our Tax Department at (781) 407-0300.

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