As readers of this blog know — or will know if you scroll down through the list of recent blog entries — DOR has spent some time trying to explain the rather arcane, even for tax law, body of regulation governing bundled cell phone transactions.
Since the publication of DOR's most recent Directive on these transactions, several news accounts have suggested that sales tax on bundled cell phones is something new. Au contraire, amigos. The sales tax rules on these transactions have been in effect since 1993, although with a few modifications over the years, the most recent being the new Directive.
Patriot Ledge business writer and blogger Jon Chesto is the latest journalist to tackle this complicated subject, and he appears to have hit the nail on the head in his column of August 30.
The column contains links to the new Directive, a recent news story on the subject, and a link to the Code of Massachusetts Regulations (CMR) that provides some helpful context in understanding this issue.
If your passion is bundled cell phone transactions, check it out.
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