Maine – Portland Bag Fee

Salt Report 3679 – Portland retailers who are required to charge a 5 cent fee for every paper or plastic bag sold to customers are no longer required to include the 5 cent fee in the taxable portion of the transaction. LD 590 introduced in the legislature this spring has recently been enacted into law. Public Law 150 excludes from the definition of sale price “any amount charged for a paper or plastic single-use carry-out bag.” This legislation became effective on June 9, 2015. The 5 cent charge, however, was part of the taxable portion of the transaction from April 15, 2015 through June 8, 2015.

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