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GOP lawmakers visit software company to tout tech tax repeal bill

Sep 10 2013

By Matt Murphy, State House News Service / Hanover Mariner

Some groups, like the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, have suggested the tax could net as much as $500 million from businesses purchasing software. The foundation published a study on Monday detailing the Massachusetts tech tax as the broadest and highest tax on software services in the country.
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Republican lawmakers introduce bill to repeal Massachusetts tech tax

Sep 10 2013

By Shira Schoenberg, The Republican

The press conference came the same day as the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, which supports repealing the tax, released a new study that found that the tech tax is “the most burdensome tax on computer and software services in the nation.” The study compared Massachusetts’ tax laws to tax laws in other states. It found that Massachusetts is the only state to single out software services for a tax. Four other states tax computer system design and related services at a rate lower than Massachusetts, generally as part of a larger tax on professional services.
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Mass. GOP calls for repeal of software tax

Sep 10 2013

By Bob Salsberg, AP / Cape Cod Today

"Repealing the tax would return Massachusetts to the mainstream of the 50 states," said Michael Widmer, president of the foundation. "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."
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Tarr, Hill step up push to repeal tech tax

Sep 10 2013

Gloucester Times

Some groups, like the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, have suggested the tax could net as much as $500 million from businesses purchasing software. The foundation published a study on Monday detailing the Massachusetts tech tax as the broadest and highest tax on software services in the country.
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Editorial: Cuts a foreign concept

Sep 10 2013

The Boston Herald

Meanwhile the argument in favor of eliminating the new tech tax grows stronger by the day. Of the four states that levy similar taxes on technology and software services, the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation announced yesterday that ours will be — you guessed it! — the highest. “We’re No. 1 in the nation in exactly what we don’t want to be,” MTF president Michael Widmer said.
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GOP lawmakers push for repeal of computer tax

Sep 10 2013

By Chris Burrell, The Patriot Ledger

Meanwhile, the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, which also opposes the tax, released a new analysis Monday that the business-backed organization said supports its assertion that Massachusetts now imposes the highest tax in the nation on software services. According to the study, only four other states, Connecticut, Hawaii, New Mexico and South Dakota, tax computer system design and all do so at a lower rate than Massachusetts.
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New tech tax in Mass. is the largest in the U.S

Sep 9 2013

By Christine Lee, WWLP

The Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation released a report that says the state's new tax on computer software services is the largest and broadest in the country. The report finds that no other state taxes computer and software design services on as great a scale and cost than Massachusetts.
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Mass. GOP Calls for Repeal of Software Tax

Sep 9 2013

WGGB

The Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, which also opposes the tax, released a new analysis on Monday that the group said showed the state was now imposing the highest tax on software services in the nation.
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Mass. Taxpayers Foundation: Tech tax ‘most burdensome’ in U.S.

Sep 9 2013

By Matt Stout, The Boston Herald

The Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation released what it touted as a state-by-state comparison of state tax laws aimed at computer and software services, focusing on 11 categories that it says the Bay State now taxes. Group President Michael Widmer called the findings “stunning, to put it mildly.” “It’s dramatic to discover that on the one hand, innovation and technology is the centerpiece of our economy but on the other, we’re taxing it to a larger extent than any other state in the nation,” Widmer said.
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Study: Mass. tech tax highest in U.S.

Sep 9 2013

By Jack Encarnacao, The Boston Herald

“This is the most burdensome software services tax in the nation,” said 
Michael Widmer, president of the taxpayers foundation, which is staunchly opposed to the tax approved by the Legislature this year. “We’re number one in the nation in exactly what we don’t want to be. Clearly the only course here is to repeal the tax.”
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