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Software Tax Is Subject Of State House Meeting

Sep 4 2013

By Fred Bever, WBUR

Michael Widmer, of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, says the meeting focused on the complexities of the software industry. “And that you couldn’t somehow tax a discrete part of the software industry and that this really laced through everything,” he added.
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Majority Of Proposed Mass. Ballot Questions Clear First Major Hurdle

Sep 4 2013

By Paul Tuthill, WAMC

One of the 28 questions moving forward is an effort to repeal the expansion of the state’s sales tax to computer and software services. Michael Widmer , president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation says it strikes at the heart of the state’s technology driven innovation economy.
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PLYMOUTH AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE: Business leaders battle Tech Tax attack

Aug 31 2013

By Emily Dravenstadt, Wicked Local Plymouth

“This is totally bad for business,” Plymouth Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Denis Hanks said. “A number of legislators in the Senate and House are opposed to it, and we’re leading a charge from the Chamber’s side with other chambers statewide, the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation and a number of other business organizations opposing it.”
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OP-ED: Jack Lank, President, United Regional Chamber Of Commerc - “Tech Tax” Hits Massachusetts

Aug 30 2013

By Jack Lang, America Towns

We are working with our state representatives and local groups to petition the State to repeal, revise, or postpone this tax. The Mass High Tech Council has teamed up with The Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation to further push for a repeal. There are also several blogs devoted to cataloging the repeal progress, including No Tech Tax and Repeal The IT Service Tax. We recommend visiting both of those pages to join the repeal movement.

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Proposed lawsuit intended to stop Massachusetts' new technology tax gathering steam, Springfield lawyer Scott Foster says

Aug 29 2013

By Jim Kinney, The Republican

The state estimates $160 million a year, but opponent Michael Widmer of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation estimates $500 million., enough to cripple the state's growing software industr
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Western Massachusetts computer professionals call state's new technology tax unfair, unneeded

Aug 29 2013

By Jim Kinney, The Republican

he state estimates it will bring in $160 million a year, but opponent Michael Widmer of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation estimates that lawmakers have cast a much wider net and will take in closer to $500 million.
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Opponents of the 'tech tax' mobilize for repeal

Aug 26 2013

By Simon Rios, SouthCoast Today

Michael Widmer, president of the foundation, said the new tax gives the state the highest tech tax in the country. "It strikes right at the heart of our economy, innovation and technology," he said. "I'm not exaggerating. If you wanted to pick a tax "¦ that would do maximum harm to the economy, you could hardly find a better candidate."
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GOP makes big push for ‘tech tax’ repeal

Aug 26 2013

By Christine McConville, The Boston Herald

But critics of the tax say the revenues — which a Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation analysis put at $500 million a year — comes at too great a price to innovation. The tech industry is pushing back against the tax, with the Massachusetts High Technology Council and the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation leading an initiative petition to urge lawmakers to repeal it.
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New Mass. sales tax angers, confuses tech firms

Aug 26 2013

By Bob Salsberg, AP / Cape Cod Times

Two prominent business-backed organizations, the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation and the Massachusetts High Technology Council, are leading an initiative petition that urges lawmakers to repeal the tax when they return from summer recess. At least one bill has already been filed that would do so. If the Legislature doesn't act, opponents will ask voters to kill the tax on next year's state ballot.
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Editorial: Technology tax may fuel small business sprint for R.I. border

Aug 25 2013

SouthCoast Today

While the Legislature has said it hopes to raise $161 million from the tax, other groups, like the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, have estimated the tax will have a much higher impact, perhaps more than $500 million. Michael Widmer, foundation president, said the tax is "the most anti-competitive piece of legislation in my 21 years as head of the Foundation and will cause incalculable damage to job creation and the Massachusetts economy."
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