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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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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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