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Will AvaTax exempt eligible sales during the MA August 2018 Sales Tax Holiday?


Yes. Legislation recently enacted by the state of Massachusetts establishes a Sales Tax Holiday on August 11th through 12th, 2018. 

Sales of qualifying products will be appropriately exempt in AvaTax on the above dates. Most purchases by individuals of single items of tangible personal property costing $2,500 or less are exempt from sales and use taxes, subject to certain exclusions.

Items are exempt if they have been mapped to the correct tax codes. If you need to map items, decide if you should map items in AvaTax or your accounting software and go from there.

Items that do not qualify for the sales tax holiday 

The sales tax holiday exemption only applies to sales of tangible personal property bought by individuals for personal use.

Sales of the following items remain subject to tax: 

  • Motor vehicles
  • Motorboats
  • Meals
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Telecommunication services
  • Gas
  • Steam
  • Electricity
  • Tobacco products
  • Marijuana or marijuana products
  • Any single item whose price is in excess of $2,500
  • Purchases made by corporations or other businesses
  • Purchases by individuals for business use

For more information, please see and view the legislation online.


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