Meals Tax Payment - Harvard as Purchaser

Use these guidelines to better understand Harvard's tax obligation as a purchaser.

  • In Massachusetts, there is a 6.25% sales tax on meals
  • Sales of meals to Harvard faculty and staff are taxable
  • Sales of meals to Harvard students are tax-exempt if:
    • meals are sold by Harvard-operated dining facilities, and
    • students present a valid Harvard student ID

Sales Tax Best Practices and FAQs
This list of best practices will help guide tax-exempt purchasing on behalf of the University.

Harvard as Seller (Meals Tax Collection and Payment)