Living Luxuriously Can Be Taxing

, , , , | Right | March 2, 2019

(I work at a high-end fast fashion retailer in downtown Boston. I answer the phone.)

Me: “Thanks for calling [Store].”

Caller: “Do you have winter coats?”

Me: “Yes.”

Caller: “What are they made of?”

Me: “What are you looking for?”

Caller: “Corduroy.”

Me: “We have a cord blazer.”

Caller: “How much is it?”

Me: “$198.”

Caller: “No tax?”

Me: “It’s 6.25% on the amount above $175.”

Caller: “I thought clothes were tax-free in Massachusetts?”

Me: “It’s a luxury tax on the amount above $175.”

Caller: “Oh. What about food?”

Me: “I don’t know; I’m not in the food service industry.”

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