Upcoming Massachusetts Tax Free Weekend is a Nightmare - Screw That: Shop in NH (any day) - Granite Grok

Upcoming Massachusetts Tax Free Weekend is a Nightmare – Screw That: Shop in NH (any day)


August 17th and 18th the Commonwealth of Massachusetts will tease their residents. For two lousy days, they will pretend to be like New Hampshire.

Not that they can afford it.

As recently as every year since at least 2016 the Bay State has pondered ending the tradition. And for two years they did. Why? It leaves more than 25 million dollars in the pockets of the people who earned it. Massachusetts can’t stand to see that happen.

But here we are, having another go, with all sorts of conditions.

The tax holiday only applies to individuals who are buying items for personal use, according to the law. Businesses and corporations looking to make purchases for professional use will still have to pay sales tax.

But Wait! There’s Less!

The discount does not apply to,

  • Motorboats
  • Motor vehicles
  • Tobacco products
  • Marijuana or marijuana products
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Telecommunications services
  • Steam
  • Gas
  • Electricity

Steam? The online gaming portal or water in the form of gas (or is it a vapor or mist)? W

And even more rules

There’s no break at all for anything with a purchase price over $2500.00, and no, you do not get a tax break on the first $2500.00. You pay it all. You can, however, buy multiple items totaling over $2500.00 and get the break. Clothing, which is typically not taxed up to a single item cost of $175.00, can receive a break on the tax up to $175.00 even if the individual item is more than 2500.00. 

There are more rules. To which I say, screw that and come to New Hampshire. There’s no sales tax on any of that stuff, ever. No hoops to jump through. No confused clerk trying to work out the rube-Golbergian two-day rules.

And you don’t have to wait until my birthday. You can stop in today! Tomorrow! Any day. No $2,500.00 limits.

Yes, if you spend enough Massachusetts may try to tax you anyway. But that’s something you’ll have to work out for yourselves. It begins by ending that ridiculous habit you have of voting for Democrats.

You might want to stop doing that.

No, I’m not holding my breath.