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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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Editorial: Gov. Deval Patrick's tax policy shift protects Bay State innovation

Sep 12 2013

The Republican

The so-called tech tax, which was adopted by the Legislature this summer, triggered a storm of protest from the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation and technology executives, who argued that it would stifle the business innovation the Bay State claims it so badly needs.
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Murray, DeLeo vow tech tax repeal

Sep 12 2013

By Peter Howe, NECN

But groups like the Massachusetts High Technology Council, Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, and others said the tax was so badly and broadly drafted it could have whacked businesses with over $1 billion a year in new taxes – and also have every company in the state working with software constantly paying lawyers and accountants for tax advice.
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Editorial: Support for computer services tax erodes

Sep 12 2013

Lawrence Eagle Tribune

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.
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Finally, some sense made on 'tech tax'

Sep 12 2013

Newburyport Daily 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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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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