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Massachusetts charges a sales tax on meals sold by restaurants or any part of a store considered by Massachusetts law to be a restaurant. The meals tax rate is 6.25%.
Anyone who sells meals that are subject to sales tax in Massachusetts is a meals tax "vendor."
If a liquor license holder operates a restaurant where meals are served, the holder of the license is presumed to be the meals tax vendor, whether the meals are served by the license holder or a concessionaire. Vendors must add a 6.25% sales tax to the selling price of every meal and collect it from the purchaser. The tax must be separately stated and separately charged on all invoices, bills, displays or contracts except on those solely for alcoholic beverages.
Businesses register to collect meals tax with MassTaxConnect.
Restaurant: A restaurant is any eating or drinking establishment - whether stationary or mobile, temporary or permanent-that is primarily engaged in the business of selling meals. Such establishments include but are not limited to:
Restaurant part: A restaurant part is an area, section or counter, etc., within a store from which meals are sold. Any store that contains a restaurant part must charge a sales tax on those meals.
Examples of stores that may have a restaurant part include supermarkets, grocery stores, bakeries, delicatessens, convenience stores and markets.
Restaurant meal delivery company: A restaurant meal delivery company is a vendor of meals purchased from restaurants for resale and delivery. See Directive 04-6 for more information.
A city or town may also charge a local sales tax on the sales of restaurant meals.
View Massachusetts local option meals rates here.
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