On June 28, 2018, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker signed House Bill 4640 into law. The bill dubbed by some a "Grand Bargain" includes provisions related to the minimum wage, paid family leave as well as a number of measures intended to forestall certain planned ballot initiatives. As it relates to sales tax - the bill creates an annual Sales Tax Holiday in Massachusetts. While there will be no Holiday this year, the bill calls for a Holiday every August starting in 2019, with the legislature being required to set the precise dates no later than June 15. Undoubtedly this approach will be a welcome change for retailers,who were often left wondering until the last possible moments whether Massachusetts would pass a Holiday bill each year.
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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.More Content by Erik Wallin