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Massachusetts Sales Tax Holiday Set

June 17, 2024

The annual Massachusetts sales tax holiday weekend is set for Saturday, August 10, and Sunday, August 11, the Massachusetts legislature determined this week.

During the sales tax holiday weekend, items for personal use valued up to $2,500 are exempt from the state’s 6.25 percent sales tax.

The tax break does not apply to “Meals, Motor vehicles, Motorboats, Telecommunications services, Gas, Steam, Electricity, Tobacco products, Marijuana or marijuana products, Alcoholic beverages, and Any single item whose price is more than $2,500,” according to the state’s web site.

State legislators and then-governor Charlie Baker made the sales tax holiday an annual occurrence as a part of the so-called “Grand Bargain” in 2018, in which Baker got a permanent annual sales tax holiday in exchange for raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2023 and raising the payroll tax by 0.75 percent to pay for paid family leave.


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