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2011 Massachusetts Sales Tax Holiday

Back-to-School Savings Through the Massachusetts Sales Tax Holiday


The Massachusetts sales tax holiday gives shoppers flexible spending options with most items costing under $2,500 eligible for the tax break. Dollar limits set are per item.

Neighbor state Connecticut also offers a sales tax holiday with different dates and rules for back-to-school shoppers.

Massachusetts Sales Tax Holiday Dates

August 11-12, 2012

Items Exempt from Massachusetts Sales Tax

Each item must cost under $2,500 to be free from sales tax. No sales tax on clothing will be applied unless the article of clothing costs more than $175. All items must be purchased for personal use only to be eligible for the sales tax holiday.

Items that do not qualify to be free from tax include:
  • Cars
  • Telecommunications services
  • Bundled items costing more than $2,500
  • Layaway sales
  • Rain checks

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