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Massachusetts voters ring in new year with no alcohol tax

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December 29, 2010


By Al Ortiz

BOSTON, Massachusetts: If Massachusetts residents absolutely want to avoid an alcohol tax when they buy their beverages of choice for New Year's Eve, they might want to wait until after the clock strikes midnight. The newly passed alcohol sales tax repeal will take effect on January 1, 2011, as the new year begins and bottles of champagne open, according to the text of measure.

The measure, which was on the November 2, 2010 statewide ballot, asked voters whether or not to repeal a sales tax for alcohol sales in the state. Liquor retailers in Massachusetts indicated in late July 2009 that they were going to try to qualify the ballot measure for the 2010 ballot after the Massachusetts State Legislature increased the sales tax in the state from 5% to 6.25% and eliminated an exemption for alcohol sold in liquor stores. The measure was passed with 52 percent of voters voting 'yes' on the proposal.

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