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Massachusetts state sales tax rate6.25%
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If you make sales in multiple states, rate tables can be used to input data into your tax system or maintain as a reference.
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Why can't I just use the ZIP code?
- There are often multiple sales tax rates per ZIP code, county, and city.
- ZIP codes often overlap, or become subsets of other ZIP codes, or represent no geographic region at all.
- ZIP codes aren't stable. In any given year, the USPS makes numerous boundary changes to ZIP code areas.
For the most accurate sales tax rate, use an exact street address.
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Combined Tax Rate%
What do these tax rates mean?
The combined tax rate is the total sales tax rate of the jurisdiction for the address you submitted.
The jurisdiction breakdown shows the different sales tax rates making up the combined rate.
While most taxable products are subject to the combined sales tax rate, some items are taxed differently at state and local levels. Be sure to apply the correct sales tax rate to your sale.
The rates presented are current for the date and time you submitted the address, but may change at any time with new tax legislation.
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How to use this sales tax rate
Determine who's responsible to collect and remit the sales tax amount.
Determine if your product or service is taxable in the responsible party’s jurisdictions.
Apply the sales tax rate shown above to your taxable product or service’s value.
2023 rates for Massachusetts cities and counties
If you have too many shipments to look up individually, city and county tables provide rates assessed at local levels.
Note: there can be variations within city and county lines. For more accurate rates, use the sales tax calculator.
Massachusetts sales tax details
The Massachusetts (MA) state sales tax rate is currently 6.25%.
Sales tax is a tax paid to a governing body (state or local) for the sale of certain goods and services. First enacted in the United States in 1921, sales tax dates back to ancient Egyptian times where paintings depict the collection of tax on commodities. Massachusetts first adopted a general state transaction privilege tax in 1966. Since that time, the rate has risen to 6.25%.
As a business owner selling taxable goods or services, you act as an agent of the state of Massachusetts by collecting transaction privilege tax from purchasers and passing it along to the Department of Revenue. This is an important point worth emphasizing. Any transaction privilege tax collected from residents belongs to the Department of Revenue. As a business owner, it is your responsibility to manange the transaction privilege tax you collect to remain in compliance with state laws and avoid penalties and interest.
Massachusetts sales tax resources
Massachusetts sales tax guide for businesses
Our free, online guide covers multiple aspects of managing Massachusetts sales tax compliance, including business registration, collecting sales tax, filing sales tax returns and state nexus obligations.
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