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MA Sales Tax Holiday THIS WEEKEND


Sales Tax Relief is on the way!

As the Massachusetts Legislature closed out its latest session, after a two year hiatus, it included a sales tax holiday for the weekend of August 11 and 12, 2018.

If you plan to take advantage of this “holiday”, some basic points to keep in mind are:

  • The purchase must be fully paid for, but a credit card charge or merchant arranged loan will cover this requirement (think furniture, etc.).
  • Each item’s cost must be no more than $2,500.
  • Items “bundled” that normally cost less than this, alone, will qualify, but items normally sold together for a price exceeding the $2,500 limit will not be taxable. 
  • By the same token, items normally sold as a unit may NOT be broken out to bring the sales price under the $2,500 “cap”.
  • If the price exceeds the $2,500 “cap”, the first $2,500 is NOT exempt – this is a “cliff” – if you go over it, the entire purchase is taxable.
  • Delivery and shipping charges are excluded from consideration of the “purchase price” in testing the $2,500 “cap”.
  • A purchase made on either date for out-of-stock items or for future delivery will also be exempt, so long as the purchase is paid for on either date.

If you’re considering a significant purchase, consider shopping around in advance to be ready to make the purchase.

If you can identify the make, model and features of your desired merchandise, keep an eye out for “deals”, since retailers often “goose” sales by offering discounts/special pricing for this event.

Good bargain hunting to you!


Mark H. Misselbeck, C.P.A., M.S.T. is a Tax Principal at Katz, Nannis + Solomon, P.C. If you would like to speak with one of our tax professionals, please contact our office at 781-453-8700.

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