Curious About Tax on Water?

By Ken Tucci, WBZ-TV

Recently I was charged sales tax for a bottle of water at Logan Airport.  When I stated there is no sales tax in Massachusetts on water I was told “not in Massachusetts, but there is one here at the airport!”  How is that possible?  – Marcia, Methuen

It’s not possible….at least the part about the airport somehow being a special place that can charge tax on whatever it wants.  However, it is VERY possible to be charged tax on a bottle of water.  Not sales tax, but meals tax

If you buy that water at a restaurant, or one of those food stands at the airport that sells sandwiches, drinks, etc, the water should be subject to the meals tax.  Since the airport is in Boston the meals tax would be 7% because Boston has added three-quarters of a percent onto the regular 6.25% meals tax as a local option.

If you buy the bottle of water at a grocery store…no tax.

I checked with Marcia and she told me she purchased the water “at one of those stands at the gate.”  So it’s the meals tax.  Sorry, Marcia.

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  1. alanonthego says:

    what a scam. just another way for the city and state to stick it to us.
    How about they cut giving away all our money to these welfare people and end all these entitlement programs. Every time they talk about cutting it’s police,fire and schools, they never talk about cutting the entitlement programs. I’m sick of paying taxes so others can sit on their butts and do nothing but buy alcohol cigarettes and lottery tickets. It’s time we had another “Boston Tea Party” and a new revolution.

  2. emom says:

    HEY GET USE TO IT FOLKS YOU VOTED FOR HIM BLAME YOURSELFS FOR ALL THE TAXES IN THE NEX FOUR YEARS ,, NOT TO MENTION THE LAST 4 YEARS…. HOW DOES IT FEELL TO BUY A BOTTLED WATER AND PAY A TAX TRY BUYING A BAKERY ROLL OR 2 OR 3 AND GET TAXED ON IT,, OH YEAH IT HAPPENS,,,, NEXT GUM, CANDY, COOKIES, CHIPS, MAYBE EVEN THE APPLE YOU BUY ,,,,,, YEAH WELCOME TO TAXACHUSETTS, WHERE ELSE CAN YOU WORK FOR THE MAN AND FEEL THE SQUEEZE… I THINK I HAVE BEEN JUICED,,,,

  3. taxedout says:

    Next up is the Air you breath!!! Pay Up suckers, like emom says you voted for these people…Anyway they need the money to pay for the 90 to 100K parking attendents at the airport…Pay Up and Shut up!!!!

  4. Cynic says:

    With the price of everything in Mass., is it surprising that there are those that consider a bottle of Water the only MEAL they can afford?

  5. taxedout says:

    Letter to Gov….How about a Tax for every Flush!!!!

  6. CEO says:

    It’s simple to avoid being ripped off by Massachusetts. Move to New Hampshire and fly out of Manchester or one of the other airports. Massachusetts is always dreaming up ways to steal more money out of your wallet. My answer is to stay out of Massachusetts as often as possible.

  7. Anon says:

    Are you guys really complaining about being charged a few extra cents on your WATER! I have an idea, buy a reusable water bottle and fill it up for free ANYWHERE! Idiots.

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