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Massachusetts Meals Sales Tax Holiday Squashed

ONESOURCE, Sales and Use Tax January 31, 2012

Massachusetts House Democrats blocked a Republican proposal to hold a state-wide meals tax holiday for six days in March, running from the 20th through the 26th.  Traditionally, this particular week is the slowest week of the year for local restaurants, and was intended to promote dining out.  If approved, patrons would not have to pay the 6.25% state meals tax at this time, but cities and towns that impose an additional 0.75% tax on meals would still be in effect.  Lawmakers are suggesting that this proposal undergo further studies before approving to the holiday.