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Things to Know for Mass. Sale Tax Free Weekend

REGION (WGGB) – Before you head out shopping this tax-free weekend, here are some things you need to know.

For complete information from the state, including returns, exchanges, and what to do if you think you were incorrectly charged tax, click HERE

WHAT IS INCLUDED

  • Single items of tangible property costing $2,500 or less
  • Items must be bought by individuals for personal use
  • Alcohol is included and exempt from the tax

WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED

  • Cars, Boats, Meals, Gas, Tobacco, and any item with a price over $2,500
  • Purchases made by corporations or other businesses for business use
  • Purchases made by individuals for business use

CLOTHING
Existing state law applies no tax on clothing unless the price exceeds $175.  If, on the sales tax holiday weekend, the sales price exceeds $175, tax will be based on the price of the item minus $175.

The state provides this example
- A customer buys a suit on the sales tax holiday for $600. No tax is due.
- A customer buys a wedding dress on the sales tax holiday for $2,550.  Tax is due on $2,375  ($2,550 – $175).

MULTIPLE ITEMS ON ONE TRANSACTION
The tax-free holiday applies to single items. Because of this, you will not be taxed if you buy several items the transaction exceeds $2,500, so long as none of the individual items are over $2,500.

The state offers this example:
“A customer purchases a television, a stereo receiver, and a computer. The three separate items costing $1,500, $1,200 and $2,000 can be rung up together, all tax free.”


BUNDLED PACKAGES

If several items are ‘bundled’ together and offered for one price, the package is exempt as long as the price is $2,500 or less.

For example: A computer package, including the computer and a printer, with a price of $3,500 will not qualify for the holiday exemption.

Note: If items are priced separately and are sold as seperate items, they would qualify so long as each piece is $2,500 or less

For example: A computer buys a computer for $3,000 and a printer for $200. The computer would not be tax-free because it’s over $2,500, but the printer would be tax-free.

SPECIAL ORDERS
Special Orders (i.e. furniture) will be eligible for the holiday as long as the item is ordered and paid in full on the weekend, and the cost of each item is $2,500 or less, even if delivery is made at a later date.

  • Note: A special order with a deposit made before August 11 will NOT qualify for the holiday, even if the remaining balance is due or paid on August 11 or 12.

RAIN CHECKS

  • If a rain check for an item has been issued, and the item is purchased DURING the weekend, it will be exempt of sales tax.
  • If a rain check is issued during the weekend and the item is purchased AFTER the weekend, it will NOT be qualify for the sales tax exemption.

LAYAWAY
Layaway sales do not qualify for the sales tax holiday, even if the last required payment (or payments necessary to complete the transaction) are made this weekend

COUPONS

  • If a coupon is available for an item, the discounted sales price will determine if it falls into the ‘sales tax holiday’ threshold of $2,500 or less.
  • If a coupon applies to the total amount paid (i.e. % off entire purchase), the seller should apply the discount on a pro rata basis to each article in the transaction, to determine if any of the items would be taxed.
  • The state offers this example:
    “A furniture store customer has a coupon for 20% off her entire bill.  She purchases a dining room table for $1,800, and a sofa for $3,500.  The total discount available is $1,060 ($5,300 x .20), of which $360 is attributable to the table ($1,800 x .20), and $700 is attributable to the sofa ($3,500 x .20).  No tax is due on the sale of the table.  Tax of $175 is due on the sales price of the sofa, $2,800 ($3,500 – $700), as even its discounted price exceeds the $2,500 threshold.”

INTERNET ORDERS
If someone places an order over the internet, it is exempt if it is ordered and paid for on either August 11 or August 12, during Eastern Daylight Time, even if delivery is scheduled at a later date.

The state offers this example:
“A customer orders a computer over the Internet with a sales price of $2,000 and charges the sale to his credit card at 1:00 p.m. (EDT) on August 11 or 12, 2012.  The computer has a delivery date of September 20, 2012.  The sale is exempt since the computer was ordered and paid for during the sales tax holiday.
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MALL HOURS

Eastfield Mall will be open on Saturday from 10 am – 9 pm  and on Sunday from 11 am – 6 pm.

Hampshire Mall will be open regular hours, but several stores will have early hours, including:

Best Buy – Sat. Aug 11, 7:00 am – 10:00 pm and Sun. Aug. 12, 9:00 am – 10:00 pm

Hannoush Jewelers – Sat. Aug 11, 9:00 am-9:00 pm and Sun. Aug. 12, 10:00 am-6:00 pm

Joann Fabrics – Sat. Aug 11, 8:00 am – 9:00 pm and Sun. Aug. 12, 10:00 am – 7:00 pm.

Target will be open their regular hours each day, 8:00 am – 10:00 pm.

Holyoke Mall will be open regular hours, but several stores will have extended hours, including:

Apple – Sat. Aug. 11, 8:00 am – 10:00 pm and Sun. Aug. 12, from 10:00 am – 7:00 pm

Babies R’ Us – Sat. Aug 11, 8:00 am – 9:30 pm and Sun. Aug 12, 10:00 am – 6:00 pm

Best Buy – Sat. Aug 11, 7:00 am – 10:00 pm and Sun. Aug. 12, 9:00 am – 9:00 pm

Macy’s – Sat. Aug 11, 9:00 am – 9:30 pm and Sun. Aug. 12, 10:00 am – 8:00 pm

Pottery Barn – Sat. Aug. 11, 8:00 am – 9:30 pm and Sun. Aug. 12, 9:00 am – 6:00 pm

Sears – Sat. Aug. 11, 6:00 am – 11:00 pm and Sun. Aug 12., 7:00 am – 9:00 pm (Sears will also be holding special sales promotions over the weekend).

Yankee Candle – Sat. Aug 11, 9:00 am – 9:30 pm and Sun. Aug. 12, 10:00 am – 6:00 pm

Target will be open their regular hours each day, 8:00 am – 10:00 pm.

 

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