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Petition to Reduce Massachusetts Sales Tax Filed

By: Joseph Bishop-Henchman

From the Boston Herald:

A ballot question that would reduce the state’s sales taxA sales tax is levied on retail sales of goods and services and, ideally, should apply to all final consumption with few exemptions. Many governments exempt goods like groceries; base broadening, such as including groceries, could keep rates lower. A sales tax should exempt business-to-business transactions which, when taxed, cause tax pyramiding. to 3 percent has passed its first hurdle.

The Alliance to Roll Back Taxes filed nearly 76,000 certified voter signatures with Secretary of State William Galvin.

“Today we filed a bullet-proof, challenge-proof number of signatures for our ballot initiative to roll back the sales taxA tax is a mandatory payment or charge collected by local, state, and national governments from individuals or businesses to cover the costs of general government services, goods, and activities. from 6.25 percent to 3 percent,” said Carla Howell, chairwoman of the Alliance to Roll Back Taxes, in a statement.

Massachusetts raised its sales tax this year from 5% to 6.25%, leading to significant cross-border shopping activity.

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