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Massachusetts Lawmakers Have Much to Talk About


 Massachusetts lawmakers consider sales tax holidays, exemptions.

When it comes to sales tax, lawmakers in Massachusetts have much to talk about these days. Fortunately, the legislative session in the Bay State is quite lengthy, running early January to mid-November this year.

  • Senate Bill 1541 would promote sales tax fairness for Main Street retailers through minimum simplification.
  • House Bill 2697 would create a sales tax exemption for art.
  • House Bill 2551 would create a sales tax holiday August 13-14, 2015.
  • Senate Bill 237 would create a permanent annual sales tax holiday.
  • House Bill 2564 would create an Energy Star sales tax holiday, August 13-14, 2015.

To date, hearings have been held for the Senate bill seeking a permanent annual sales tax holiday, the House bill proposing a tax-free period for Energy Star products, and the measure regarding sales tax fairness.

This hints at the challenge of sales tax compliance, particularly for businesses required to collect in multiple states. It takes vigilance, patience, and exactitude.

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Gail Cole
Avalara Author
Gail Cole
Gail Cole
Avalara Author Gail Cole
Gail began researching and writing about sales tax in 2012 and has been fascinated with it ever since. She has a penchant for uncovering unusual tax facts, and endeavors to make complex sales tax laws more digestible for both experts and laypeople.