State sales tax to increase Oct. 1

ELLSWORTH — Hancock County shoppers will pay more for everything from tricycles to cars when Maine’s general sales tax increases Oct. 1.

General sales tax will increase from 5 percent to 5.5 percent.

Prepared meals, lodging and liquor taxes will increase from 7 percent to 8 percent.

The tax increase is expected to generate $178 million to balance the state budget and is scheduled to expire June 2015.

Effect of the sales tax increase on big-ticket purchases:

$800 Sofa: $40 sales tax, $44 on Oct. 1

$10,000 vehicle: $500 sales tax, $550 on Oct. 1.

$20,000 vehicle: $1,000 sales tax, $1,100 on Oct. 1

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Jennifer Osborn

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