Massachusetts Certifies Sales Tax Ballot Petitions

September 12, 2017 Erik Wallin

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts recently certified several Initiative Petitions filed by the Retailers Association of Massachusetts. The Association will have until December 6, 2017 to collect the requisite amount of signatures for any petition to appear on a ballot.  The Initiative Petitions are as follows:

  1. Initiative Petition 17-19 - Would reduce the state sales and use tax to 4.5 percent and create an annual August sales tax holiday
  2. Initiative Petition 17-20 - Would reduce the state sales and use to to 4.5 percent. 
  3. Initiative Petition 17-21 - Would reduce the state sales and use tax to 5 percent and create an annual August sales tax holiday
  4. Initiative Petition 17-22 - Would reduce the state sales and use taxes from to 5 percent.

While Massachusetts voters rejected a petition to decrease the sales tax to 3 percent back in 2010, the popularity of the annual sales tax holiday (and the failure of the legislature to approve a holiday in recent years) may cause at least some individuals to re-think their position.

About the Author

Erik Wallin

Erik Wallin is a Senior Tax Counsel on the Tax Research Team at Sovos Compliance. Erik has been with Sovos Compliance since 2011, and his main areas of focus are on U.S. Transaction Tax Law which includes special expertise in the taxation of technology and the taxation mechanisms that apply throughout the Colorado home rule jurisdictions. Erik is a member of the Massachusetts Bar, has a B.A. from York College of Pennsylvania, a J.D. from New England School of Law, and an LL.M. in Taxation from Boston University.

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