Maine Tax Hike Hits Tuesday

Rob Poindexter

Updated 11 months ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) – Maine residents will soon have to shell out more money for newspapers, magazines and other publications.

Newspapers and magazines bought at the store and delivered at home will be subject to Maine’s 5.5 percent sales tax starting Tuesday.

Gov. Paul LePage pushed to lift the tax exemption last session, arguing that Maine was among only a handful of states that allows the publications to be tax free.

Maine’s sales tax rises 5.5 percent from 5 percent on Tuesday while the meals and lodging tax is being boosted to 8 percent from 7 percent. The Republican governor opposed increases, causing him to veto the $6.3 billion state budget.

The Maine Press Association says it will create more paperwork and regulatory burdens for newspapers, particularly for smaller publications with limited staff.


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