SECTION 1. Chapter 64H of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2012 Official Edition, is hereby amended by inserting after section 6 the following section:-
Section 6A. The commissioner shall, on July 15 of each year, designate a two-day weekend within the second week of August during which no excise shall be imposed upon non-business sales at retail in the commonwealth of tangible personal property, as defined in section 1 of this chapter. For the purposes of this section, tangible personal property shall not include telecommunications, tobacco products subject to the excise imposed by chapter 64C, gas, steam, electricity, motor vehicles, motorboats, meals, or any single item whose price is in excess of $2,500. On such weekend, no vendor in the commonwealth shall add to the sales price or collect from any non-business purchaser an excise upon sales at retail of tangible personal property. The commissioner shall not require any vendor to collect and pay excise upon sales at retail of tangible personal property purchased on the designated weekend, but any excise erroneously or improperly collected during these two days shall be remitted to the department of revenue. Any reporting requirements imposed upon vendors of tangible personal property, by law or by regulation, including, but not limited to, the requirements for filing returns required by chapter 62C, shall remain in effect for sales for the two designated days. On or before December 31 of each year, the commissioner shall certify to the comptroller the amount of sales tax revenue forgone due to the operation of this section. The commissioner shall issue a report, detailing by fund the amounts under general and special laws governing the distribution of revenues under chapter 64H which would have been deposited in each fund, notwithstanding this section. The commissioner shall issue any instructions or forms, or promulgate any rules or regulations, deemed necessary to carry out this section.”
SECTION 2. Section 30A of said chapter 64H, as so appearing, is hereby amended by striking out, in lines 5, 7, 14 and 18, the figure “6.25” and inserting in place thereof, in each instance, the following figure:- 5.
SECTION 3. Section 2 of chapter 64I of the General Laws, as so appearing, is hereby amended by striking out, in line 6, the words “6.25 per cent” and inserting in place thereof the following words:- 5 per cent.
SECTION 4. Said chapter 64I is hereby further amended by striking out section 5, as so appearing, and inserting in place thereof the following section:-
Section 5. For the purpose of adding and collecting the tax imposed by this chapter, or an amount equal as nearly as possible or practicable to the average equivalent thereof, to be paid to the commonwealth or to be reimbursed to the vendor by the purchaser, the following formula shall be in force and effect as follows:—
$0.01 to $0.09 inclusiveNo Tax
$0.10 to $0.29 inclusive1 cent
$0.30 to $0.49 inclusive2 cents
$0.50 to $0.69 inclusive3 cents
$0.70 to $0.89 inclusive4 cents
$0.90 to $1.09 inclusive5 cents
In addition to a tax of five cents on each full dollar, a tax shall be collected on each part of a dollar in excess of a full dollar in accordance with the above formula.
SECTION 5. Section 31A of said chapter 64I, as so appearing, is hereby amended by striking out, in lines 5, 7, 14 and 18, the figure “6.25” and inserting in place thereof, in each instance, the following figure:- 5.
SECTION 6. The effective date of sections 2, 3, 4, and 5 of this act shall be January 1st 2017.
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