Massachusetts’  2019 Sales Tax Holiday is taking place this weekend on August 17-18.   Retail items of up to $2,500, purchased in Massachusetts for personal use on these two days, are exempt from the 6.2% sales tax.

Governor Charlie Baker called the Sales Tax Holiday “a great opportunity to buy in Massachusetts and support the Commonwealth’s small businesses and Main Street economies.”

In addition to retail stores across the Commonwealth, internet sales also qualify for tax exception during this time period.

The following items do not qualify for tax free purchases:

  • 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.

The first Tax Holiday weekend occurred in Massachusetts in 2004. In 2018, legislation was signed into law to permanently establish an annual sales tax holiday for one weekend each year.

For more information, contact the Massachusetts Department of Revenue at 617 887-6367 or go online to see Frequently Asked Questions.