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A Victory For Tech: Mass. Legislature Votes to Repeal Tech Tax

Sep 27 2013

By Sarah Kuranda, CRN

"I'm enormously pleased that we're putting this behind us," said Michael Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation that helped organize the ballot initiative against the tax. "It would have been a terrible black mark on Massachusetts if we'd had to endure it over the next year before the voters repealed it. This is much cleaner. I applaud the legislative leadership and the governor for agreeing to the repeal. It's not easy to change course, so I salute them for coming out and acting so quickly."
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Final push for new taxes not expected

Sep 27 2013

By Andy Metzger, State House News Service / The Lowell Sun

As the News Service reported at the time, the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation warned in mid-March, ahead of DeLeo and Murray's scaled-down tax proposal, that Patrick's more expansive tech tax would create a "Pandora's box" of problems for nearly every business in the state.
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One Down, One To Go: Mass. House Votes To Repeal Tech Tax

Sep 25 2013

By Sarah Kuranda, CRN

"In truth, I don't recall anything in which there has been this kind of change, within 60 days, to reverse course," Michael Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, told CRN. "That reflects, obviously, the storm that was unleashed, but it also reflects [the legislature's] decision not to wait any longer and act expeditiously."
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Massachusetts House votes 156-1 to repeal new tax on computer services

Sep 25 2013

By Dan Ring, The Republican

Andrew Bagley, director of research and public affairs for the business-backed Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, which has been working to repeal the tax, said the repeal is retroactive to July 31 and any company can file for an abatement if it paid the tax. "They've neutralized it completely, which is great," Bagley said.
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Massachusetts House To Vote To Repeal "Tech Tax"

Sep 25 2013

By Paul Tuthill, WAMC

But legislative leaders and Governor Patrick say they’ve been persuaded by critics, such as Michael Widmer of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation that the tax is bad for business.
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Editorial: Repeal the tech tax

Sep 15 2013

MetroWest Daily News

Some voices were raised about the tech tax, especially after the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation released an analysis showing the bill would bring in not $160 million, but as much as $500 million. This page raised the alarm as well, but DeLeo and Murray pressed ahead.
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Mass. Set to Repeal IT Services Tax Called ‘Most Burdensome’ in U.S.

Sep 15 2013

By Kevin Fogarty, Slashdot

The “tech tax” is “the most burdensome” in the U.S. and could cost Massachusetts companies $500 million per year while damaging the state’s ability to continue to compete in high tech, warned the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation. “Placing the highest tax burden in the country on innovation and technology – the state’s greatest economic strength – is simply bad policy,” according to Michael Widmer, Mass. Taxpayer Foundation president in a statement issued Sept. 9.
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Governor Patrick’s tech tax wakes up a sleeping giant

Sep 15 2013

By Joan Vennochi, The Boston Globe

Beacon Hill leaders now say they back Patrick. But the council, in partnership with the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, is seeking to repeal the sales tax via voter referendum. That takes old-school organizing, since it requires the gathering of 70,000 signatures to get the measure on the 2014 ballot.
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Massachusetts Computer Software Services Tax Attacked

Sep 12 2013

By Leroy Baker, Tax News

According to a 50-state analysis released by the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation (MTF), Massachusetts has, since its extension on July 31 this year, the "most burdensome" tax on computer and software services in the United States. By extending the 6.25 percent sales tax to 10 new categories of professional services associated with computer systems and software, the MTF said that the new law "strikes at the heart of the innovation economy that is central to the state's economic future."
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Senate President Therese Murray and House Speaker Robert DeLeo support repeal of new Massachusetts tech tax

Sep 12 2013

By Dan Ring, The Republican

The measure to apply the 6.25 percent sales tax to certain software services was included in a law for transportation funding. Legislators intended the measure to raise $161 million a year, but a study by the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation estimated it would raise $500 million a year and cause widespread damage to the state's economy. Michael J. Widmer, president of the taxpayers foundation, said he was very pleased by the repeal announcement.
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