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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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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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