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August Sales Tax Holiday Proposed Again

State Rep. Ed Coppinger recently introduced late file legislation for a statewide sales tax holiday weekend in August. “It was brought to my attention by a constituent of mine that legislation for a sales tax holiday had not been introduced for this year. It’s great to see how involved my constituents are – this bill will benefit both consumers and business owners across the Commonwealth,” said Coppinger, D-West Roxbury. “A sales tax holiday will enable individuals to save money while investing in our local businesses, which is vital for the improvement of our economy.”     The proposed sales tax free holiday weekend would be Aug. 17 and 18. Coppinger pointed to past sales tax free holidays helping not only businesses during the slow summer months, but it also helps shoppers save money on large ticket items.  If passed, the legislation would “apply to retail sales excluding any single item priced higher than $ 2,500.” The sales tax holiday would not apply to telecommunications, tobacco, gas, steam, electricity, motor vehicles, motorboats or meals.  SOUTH END PATCH: Facebook | Twitter | E-mail Updates South End Patch

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Posted by Massachusetts Legal Resources - June 20, 2013 at 12:29 am

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New Push For August Meals Tax Holiday

The Joint Committee on Revenue in the Massachusetts legislature held a hearing this week on the notion of a potential meals tax holiday for August and one supporting group liking its chances. According to the state’s Restaurant and Business Alliance (R.A.B.A), the hearing held Tuesday for the Meals Tax Holiday Bill saw “no sign of opposition” to the measure. Twelve legislators have signed on to the bill primarily sponsored by Rep. Keiko Orrall of Lakeville and Sen. Michael O. Moore of Millbury. If passed, the legislation would go into effect from Sunday, Aug. 11 through Thursday, Aug. 15. “We should offer a Meals Tax Holiday to benefit employees and small local business owners inside Massachusetts to help stimulate the economy,” said Dave Andelman, R.A.B.A. president in a statement. “The Restaurant and Business Alliance is proud to support this legislation that will help every waiter, waitress, bartender and hospitality worker in Massachusetts.” “I am focused on helping small businesses and believe that this legislation is a great way to highlight restaurants in the Commonwealth. I am looking forward to seeing this pass this session,” Orrall said in the same statement. Moore said the legislation would “help relieve some of the burdens” of higher food costs for businesses. But not everyone in the State House thinks the meals tax holiday is a great idea. It got shot down last year in the House by a vote of 116-to-36, according to the Boston Globe. Rep. Jay Kaufman (D-Lexington) called it  a “gimmick” and “bad public policy,” adding that restaurants could use pricing specials or other promotions to encourage business, the Globe article states. SOUTH END PATCH: Facebook | Twitter | E-mail Updates South End Patch

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Posted by Massachusetts Legal Resources - May 15, 2013 at 6:10 pm

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