Assistant Minority Leader Brad Hill (R-Ipswich) was interviewed yesterday by WWLP Channel 22 reporter Tiffany Chan regarding the upcoming sales tax holiday and the ongoing efforts by members of the House Republican Caucus to pass legislation changing the way cell phones sales are taxed in Massachusetts. The report is posted below, along with the segment that aired last night.
have to pay full-price on a cell phone nowadays, but you could be spending more
money than you realize. The state sales tax is calculated based on the
original price of the cell phone, not the discounted rate you may receive from
your carrier. That could soon change.
There’s a bill
moving through the State House that would place the sales tax on the final
price you pay for a cell phone. And if you’re thinking about replacing your
mobile phone, this weekend could be the best time to buy a new one.
The sales tax
holiday is this weekend, on August fifteenth and sixteenth. You won’t have
to pay the state sales tax on a new cell phone as long as it’s for personal
use. State Representative Brad Hill of Ipswich told 22News “I’m urging
people to go out and buy a cell phone so you don’t have to pay that tax, and
you don’t have to pay the full tax on the cell phone price. This is the time to
There are a
number of items that are still subject to tax, however, such as cigarettes,
cars, motorboats, gasoline, and items costing more than $2,500.