2016 Update: For the first time since 2009, Massachusetts officials have decided there will be no sales tax holiday in 2016.
The information below pertains to the most recent sales tax holiday, held in 2015. Hopefully, this much-anticipated reprieve from state sales tax will be back in 2017.
It's the best weekend of the year to go shopping in Massachusetts!
The Massachusetts legislature has established August 15-16, 2015 as a Sales Tax Holiday Weekend. WWLP reported on July 30, 2015 that state lawmakers voted to approve this annual reprieve from the state's 6.25% sales tax. Governor Charlie Baker signed the bill into law to make the sales tax break in MA official.
What exactly is a sales tax holiday? It means shoppers will not pay Massachusetts state sales tax on retail items priced at $2,500 or less for two consecutive days. Once again in 2015, there will be no sales tax on alcohol during the tax holiday weekend (sales tax on alcohol in Massachusetts was permanently eliminated in 2011). Massachusetts does not routinely tax the sale of clothing and footwear items priced under $175, but if you've been waiting to buy a big ticket item like a suit or swanky boots, this is the weekend to do it.
Are there any exclusions? Yes. The following items do not qualify for the sales tax holiday exemption and remain subject to tax: motor vehicles, motorboats, meals, telecommunications services, gas, steam, electricity, tobacco products, layaway items and any single item priced at more than $2,500.
How much can you save? Make $200 in purchases, and you'll save $12.50. Spend $2,000, and you'll save $125.