MA Sales Tax 101 Shipping States

Is Shipping Taxable in Massachusetts?

by Mark Faggiano

Shipping Taxability Massachusetts

Last updated July 14, 2017

Howdy, Bay Staters. Have you ever been confused by sales tax? It really is one of the most complex subjects for small business and it becomes even more indecipherable when states create their own unique set of rules to follow. A topic that has puzzled many a seller is whether to charge sales tax on shipping and handling. Let’s read further on how this is handled in Massachusetts.

Is shipping taxable in Massachusetts? 

Here is what the Massachusetts’ Department of Revenue has to say on the matter:

Massachusetts shipping

Good news! Massachusetts makes it easy to avoid paying sales tax on shipping and handling. All you need do is separate the charges for the shipping from the charges for the goods on the invoice and that the shipping charge reasonably reflects the costs of transportation.

In Summary:

You don’t have to pay sales tax on shipping in Massachusetts.
All you have to do in order to not pay sales tax on shipping in Massachusetts is list the charges for shipping separately on the invoice.

Still have questions? Start talking in the comments.

  • JulieBulie

    Does Amazon know about this? They’ve been charging me sales tax on shipping for some orders (but not others) for some time.

    • You’d have to ask them!

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  • Dan

    how about charging sales tax on the delivery charge? say I work in a pizza shop they add the $2 delivery charge (separate charge in the receipt) to the total of the order and then charges the customer the salex tax, is that legal?

    • Hi Dan,

      Every state is slightly different and interpreting their laws can get incredibly tricky. Since, unlike many other states, their exact wording mentions shipping and handling and not “delivery” I recommend contacting the Mass DOR about this. This is their best number:

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