When Is the Massachusetts Tax Free Weekend in 2020?

Bay State residents can skip the sales tax when they buy almost anything during this tax holiday.
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More than a dozen states are hosting tax free weekends this summer. During these 2020 sales tax holidays, shoppers get the opportunity to buy Back to School essentials without paying sales tax. Some events even include items like Energy Star appliances or disaster preparedness gear.

The Massachusetts tax free weekend is one of the last ones we'll see over the summer. The state brings a more generic approach to its sales tax holiday than others do, which can make the event easier to shop. Check out our guide below for all the important information.

When Is the Massachusetts Tax Free Weekend in 2020?

The Bay State will be hosting its 2020 sales tax holiday from August 29 to August 30. Massachusetts' 2019 tax free weekend was August 17-18, so the event doesn't take place during the same weekend every year.

What Items Qualify for Massachusetts Tax Free Shopping?

Massachusetts residents won't have to pay sales tax on retail items priced at $2,500 or less each, as long as they purchase the products for personal use during the MA tax free weekend. The first $175 of a clothing item priced above $2,500 isn't subject to sales tax, either.

What Items Aren't Eligible for Massachusetts Tax Free Status?

The Bay State exempts several kinds of items for the tax holiday, but not all of them. Products in these categories won't be tax free in Massachusetts:

  • Alcoholic beverages

  • Meals

  • Motor vehicles

  • Motorboats

  • Telecommunications services

  • Natural gas, steam, and electricity

  • Tobacco products

  • Marijuana or marijuana products

  • Any single item with a price higher than $2,500

SEE ALSO: When Is Your State's Tax Free Weekend in 2020?

More Massachusetts Tax Holiday Tips

Like other states, Massachusetts will allow online sales to qualify for the exemption. It does require these orders to be placed and purchased in full during the tax free weekend. For more details, check out Massachusetts' FAQ page about the sales tax holiday.


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