MA Sales Tax Holiday - August 17 & 18

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July 25, 2019
The Massachusetts Legislature has set the 2019 holiday for the weekend of August 17 and 18, 2019.
 
The DOR has released regulation, 830 CMR 64H.1.8: Sales Tax Holiday, to provide guidance on the holiday, including discussion on how, for the first time, “meals” will be included and tax-free for the weekend.  Note: alcohol purchased as part of a meal, remains ineligible and still subject to tax.     
 
Meals tax filers are encouraged to begin planning now for the holiday weekend to review POS systems and address any issues that may complicate compliance with the STH rules -- particularly those who also sell alcohol for on-premises consumption.
 
The Chamber encourages you to closely review the regulation in its entirety as well as the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) that are posted by the MA DOR to maintain compliance with the law.