SECTION 1. (a) Notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, for the days of August 1 to August 31, inclusive, an excise shall not be imposed upon nonbusiness sales at retail of a mobile electronic device. For the purposes of this act, the term mobile electronic device shall mean any handheld or other portable electronic equipment capable of providing electronic input for educational purposes, including but not limited to a, tablet computer, personal digital assistant, laptop computer with a touch screen, but does not include any audio equipment or cellular phone, text messaging device, paging device, or equipment solely for the purpose of providing navigation or video entertainment.
(b) For the days of August 1 to August 31, inclusive, a vendor shall not add to the sales price or collect from a nonbusiness purchaser an excise upon sales at retail of a mobile electronic device. The commissioner of revenue shall not require a vendor to collect and pay excise upon sales at retail of mobile electronic device purchased on August 1 to August 31, inclusive. An excise erroneously or improperly collected during the days of August 1 to August 31, inclusive, shall be remitted to the department of revenue. This section shall not apply to the sale of a single item the price of which is in excess of $2,500.
(c) Reporting requirements imposed upon vendors of a mobile electronic device, by law or by regulation, including, but not limited to, the requirements for filing returns required by chapter 62C of the General Laws, shall remain in effect for sales for the days of August 1 to August 31, inclusive.
(d) Annually, on or before December 31, the commissioner of revenue shall certify to the comptroller the amount of sales tax forgone, as well as new revenue raised from personal and corporate income taxes and other sources, pursuant to this act. The commissioner shall file a report with the joint committee on revenue and the house and senate committees on ways and means detailing by fund the amounts under general and special laws governing the distribution of revenues under chapter 64H of the General Laws which would have been deposited in each fund, without this act.
(e) The commissioner of revenue shall issue instructions or forms or promulgate rules or regulations, necessary for the implementation of this act.
(f) Eligible sales at retail of a mobile electronic device under sections 175 and 176 of chapter 64H are restricted to those transactions occurring on August 1 to August 31, inclusive. Transfer of possession of or payment in full for the property shall occur on 1 of those days, and prior sales or layaway sales shall be ineligible.
SECTION 2. This act shall take effect on July 1, 2017.
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