South Shore diners would get a break this summer under a budget amendment I filed to provide for a meals tax holiday on Sundays during the summer months. Residents would be able to dine out at their favorite restaurants and not pay the state’s tax 6.25% tax on meals.
This is a way to offer some relief to local restaurants and taxpayers and also provide a boost to our economy.It encourages people to patronize restaurants on a day that is typically less busy.”
Massachusetts has annually offered a sales tax holiday in the month August for the past nine years, but the offer does not apply to the meals tax. The amendment is supported by the Mass Restaurant and Business Alliance and was cosponsored by Rep. Jon Zlotnik of Gardner and Rep. Paul McMurtry of Dedham. Similar stand-alone legislation was filed by Rep. Keiko Orrall of Lakeville.
“If the state is going to have a Sales Tax Holiday that benefits multi-billion dollar corporations headquartered out of state, we should offer a Meals Tax Holiday to benefit employees and small local business owners inside Massachusetts,” said Dave Andelman, president of the Restaurant and Business Alliance.