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Our view: Time for Legislature to listen on software tax

Aug 13 2013

The Salem News

The North Shore Chamber is not alone in its opposition to the new tax. An initiative petition to put repealing the tax on the 2014 ballot appears to have enough signatures to pass early hurdles; what’s more, it has the support of executives from the Massachusetts High Technology Council, Staples and BJ’s Wholesale. The Springfield chamber is on board, as well.
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Mass. ‘tech tax’ could hit N.H. businesses

Aug 13 2013

By Bob Sanders, New Hampshire Business Review

The so-called “tech tax” – an extension of the Massachusetts sales – is a hot topic in Boston and the high-tech corridor surrounding it. The Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation has called it the “most onerous computer and software services tax in the nation.” Last week, the Mass High Tech Council joined a petition effort to repeal the tax with a measure on the state’s November ballot. The Boston Herald reports that most Boston mayoral candidates denounced it.
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Conley comes out against tech tax

Aug 11 2013

By Kathryn Breen, The Boston Herald

The 6.25 percent sales tax on “computer and software technology services” was approved by the state Legislature on July 24, but Conley noted it has already been strongly criticized by Michael Widmer of the Massachusetts Taxpayer Foundation and Chris Anderson of the Massachusetts Higher Technology Council, along with other business and technology leaders.
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Solution Providers Fight Back Against Massachusetts Software Services Tax

Aug 9 2013

By Sarah Kuranda, CRN

"It would cut a broad swath across the entire Massachusetts economy. When we call it a tax on innovation, we're not exaggerating. We pride ourselves on being a state on innovation -- that separates us from other states and gives us a competitive advantage," said Michael Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation and an orchestrator of a petition against the tax. "Other states couldn't be asking for a better opportunity."
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Mass. tech tax spurs Fla. pitch

Aug 9 2013

By Peter Howe, NECN

Michael Widmer of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, which is working alongside the High Tech Council to repeal the tax expansion, doesn’t quite see Kendall Square quitting for Kissimmee anytime soon. "The letter itself is largely a publicity stunt, and we're not going to see big businesses move to Florida," Widmer said in an interview Friday afternoon. "However, there's a very, very serious message behind Gov. Scott's letter."
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Florida's bid to recruit Mass. businesses draws sharp rebuke from Beacon Hill

Aug 9 2013

By Craig Douglas, Boston Business Journal

On Wednesday, the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation and the Mass High Tech Council filed a formal petition on behalf of their dues-paying members to repeal the new tax. The filing was originally to be timed in coordination with a planned news story in the Boston Globe detailing the legislative push, a plan that was scuttled once news broke of the plan Tuesday night.
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Now on sale: Political hypocrisy

Aug 9 2013

By Kirsten Hughes, Worcester Telegram

"The tax on computer and software services included in the transportation finance bill strikes at the heart of the Massachusetts economy, costing countless jobs for years to come," warned the nonpartisan Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation. "Virtually every industry in the state will be affected by this tax — ranging from retail to life sciences to health care to finance — which the Foundation estimates will cost the state's employers an additional $500 million in annual sales taxes."
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Industry Riled Over New Mass. Tax Targeting Computer Services

Aug 8 2013

By Chris Gonsalves, Channelnomics

Twenty corporate executives, along with business groups like the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation and the Massachusetts High Technology Council, hope to get a referendum question in front of voters on the the November 2014 ballot asking them to repeal the computer service tax.
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Ballot question planned to repeal new tax

Aug 8 2013

By Michael Norton and Matt Murphy, State House News Service / Daily News

Michael Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, called the tax “the most anti-competitive piece of legislation in my 21 years as head of the Foundation” and predicted it “will cause incalculable damage to job creation and the Massachusetts economy.”
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Business owners caught off-guard by new computer services tax

Aug 8 2013

By Dan Schneider, The Patriot Ledger

Though legislative leaders estimated application of the 6.25 percent sales tax to this new category of services will generate $161 million in additional revenue, the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation and others fear it could climb as high as $500 million a year in new taxes on established businesses and start-ups.

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