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Our view: Tech tax on the ropes

Sep 12 2013

The Salem News

The chamber, along with the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, was one of the first groups to rise in opposition to the tax, and others have followed. House and Senate Republicans this week said they will file legislation to repeal the measure (as Democratic state Sen. Karen Spilka has already done), and there is a tech industry-backed initiative petition headed for the 2014 ballot if lawmakers don’t take action.

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Tech community used the tools it knows best to battle software tax

Sep 11 2013

By Mike Farrell, The Boston Globe

“They’ve taken advantage of their skills to mount this effort in a new way,” said Michael Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation. “The response from the tech community was absolutely critical to building this tidal wave against the tax.”
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Editorial: After Legislature’s ‘tech tax’ fumble, let’s make it right

Sep 11 2013

Daily Hampshire Gazette

We support a repeal of the tech tax. Perhaps there is a way to fairly increase fees on technology companies, but creating what the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation calls the “most burdensome” tax on computer and software services in the nation isn’t it.
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Gov. Deval Patrick jumps on tech tax repeal wagon

Sep 11 2013

By Matt Stout, The Boston Herald

Patrick, however, did not specify with what he prefers to “replace” the $161 million the state is counting on the tax generating. Michael Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, said it’s “unlikely” the Legislature would stomach another tax increase to take its place. Widmer and House Minority Leader, Rep. Bradley H. Jones, both noted tax revenues are more than $139 million above benchmark so far this fiscal year, suggesting the excess funds as an avenue.
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Governor changes tune, backs tech tax repeal

Sep 11 2013

By Matt Murphy, State House News Service / The Salem News

Though Patrick suggested there is still some question about the impact of the tax on technology companies, he said damage to the state’s reputation is a real threat. The Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation released a report this week identifying the tech tax as the broadest and highest tax on software services in the country and asserting that the levy jeopardizes the state’s competitive edge for business development.
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Up in Arms About Computer Service Tax

Sep 10 2013

The Valley Advocate

The Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, the Massachusetts High Technology Council, the computer industry and related businesses are in an uproar about the new tax.
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Service taxes: Where the money is

Sep 10 2013

By Paul McMorrow, CommonWealth Magazine

“It’s administrative chaos,” the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation’s Andrew Bagley tells Governing. “It affects just about every industrial sector from restaurants, insurance, retail, to farms and manufacturing. All are major purchasers of software … and all are subject to taxation.” A report MTF released yesterday makes the case that the Massachusetts tax is the most burdensome in the country.
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On Tech Tax, Can Massachusetts Succeed Where Others Have Failed?

Sep 10 2013

By Liz Farmer, Governing Magazine

“It’s administrative chaos,” says Andrew Bagley, the Massachusetts Taxpayer’s Association’s director of research and public affairs. “It affects just about every industrial sector from restaurants, insurance, retail, to farms and manufacturing. All are major purchasers of software … and all are subject to taxation.”
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Mass. GOP calls for repeal of computer design tax

Sep 10 2013

By John J. Monahan, The Worcester Telegram

A group backing the repeal initiative petition — the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation — released a report that found the Massachusetts version of the tech tax to be "the most burdensome tax on computer and software services in the nation." The group said a 50-state analysis found that by putting the new sales tax on 10 new categories of professional services associated with computer systems and software, the new tax, "strikes at the heart of the innovation economy that is central to the state's economic future."
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Analysis: Mass. tech tax "most burdensome"

Sep 10 2013

By Matt Murphy, State House News Service / Commonwelath Magazine

“Repealing the tax would return Massachusetts to the mainstream of the 50 states. With Massachusetts losing 3,000 jobs since January, placing the highest tax burden in the country on innovation and technology – the state’s greatest economic strength – is simply bad policy,” MTF President Michael Widmer said in a statement.
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