Massachusetts Alcohol Will Not be Taxed This Weekend

As part of the sales tax holiday weekend of August 14-15, there is no sales tax on beer, wine, or hard liquor.

Many non-business retail items costing $2,500 or less are also exempt from the sales tax, but some items –motor vehicles, motorboats, meals, telecommunications services, gas, steam, electricity, tobacco products, and anything else costing more than $2,500 — are not.

The sales tax exemption applies to sales of tangible personal property bought for personal use only; purchases by corporations or other businesses and purchases by individuals for business use remain taxable.

The Department of Revenue estimates that taxpayers will save somewhere between $20 million and $23 million over the holiday period. There was no sales tax holiday in 2009. In previous years, the holiday has saved taxpayers approximately $16 million.

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