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Major Sales/Use Tax Rate Increases 8/1/09

Posted by salestax on July 30, 2009

Part of the July Budget bills throughout the U.S.


Get ready for an overall sales tax increase on Saturday when making purchases in Massachusetts:  from 5%-6.25%

Other noteworthy items changing in MA on Saturday affecting every day consumers:

1.  Alcohol will now be taxable

2.  Hotels and Meals could have additional local rates added to the state rate up to 6%.  Previously, they could only charge an additional 4% local rate (except Boston which is going up to 6.5% from 4.5%).


Meals and Rooms tax increasing from8-9% eff. 8/1/09.

They’ve also increased the taxes on cigarettes (happened on 7/1/09.


Also increased taxes on cigarettes on 7/1/09.


New York City – increases local taxes by .5% on 8.1.09 and clothing must be under $110 to be exempt from the city sales tax.


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