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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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Cape Cod Technology Council, others, launch campaign to repeal new Computer Tax

Aug 7 2013

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Michael Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, called the software and computer design services sales 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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Boston Roundup: Software Taxes, Actifio, edX, Twitter, & More

Aug 7 2013

By Curt Woodward, Xconomy

Massachusetts business and tech-industry leaders are mounting a campaign to repeal a new tax on some software and IT services. The folks behind the campaign, which would seek a public vote on the new tax this fall, include the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation and the Massachusetts High Technology Council, the Boston Business Journal reported. The tax appears to have surprised the technology industry, which hasn’t been paying much attention to the state Legislature, The Boston Globe reported.
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Tax cuts, pay hikes heading to 2014 ballot

Aug 7 2013

By Peter Howe, NECN

Though billed as a targeted $160 million annual tax, more and more technology business owners and their trade groups are saying the law is so badly drafted and vague it could sweep up all kinds of high-tech consulting and programming activity. Many say it will whack the core of the state’s "innovation economy" with a new $500 million-plus annual tax burden and drive jobs out of state while creating an administrative nightmare – and huge bills from lawyers and accountants – to figure out what of their work is and is not taxable.
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