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

Aug 7 2013

CapeCod Today

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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Editorial: Repeal the ‘tech tax’ now

Aug 7 2013

MetroWest Daily News

Michael Widmer, president of the MTF, called the new tax “the most anti-competitive piece of legislation in my 21 years as head of the Foundation,” predicting it “will cause incalculable damage to job creation and the Massachusetts economy.”
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Business leaders seek to repeal new computer tax

Aug 7 2013

By Michael Farrell, The Boston Globe

The ballot petition is led by 20 corporate executives and leaders of state-wide business groups such as the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation and the Massachusetts High Technology Council. Their goal is to ask voters on the November 2014 ballot to repeal the tax altogether.
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Local IT companies grapple with computer services tax

Aug 7 2013

By Ethan Forman, Salem News

Michael Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, said his group tried to warn legislative leaders of the enormity of the bill back in May, “but they did not respond.” “What we explained to them, this is the most far-reaching tax on software services in the nation,” Widmer said. In a state that prides itself on innovation, Widmer said the sales tax could stifle it.
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Business lobbyists to petition for new software tax's repeal

Aug 6 2013

By Craig Douglas, Boston Business Journal

“I want you to know in advance that the Mass Taxpayers Foundation, joined by the Mass High Tech Council, will file an initiative petition to repeal the tax on computer and software services. We will file the petition tomorrow and the Boston Globe will run a story tomorrow morning,” wrote Massachusetts Taxpayer Foundation President Michael Widmer, in a letter emailed to members Tuesday afternoon.
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HEDLUND REPORT: It’s their party and they’ll tax if they want to!

Aug 6 2013

By Senator Bob Hedlund, Wicked Local Marshfield

The most foolish of all the latest tax increases that is sure to have the most negative impact is the new 6.25 percent sales tax on computer system design services and software services. Michael Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, said it best when he warned the Governor and Legislature that “State leaders could hardly have chosen a more perfect tax to undercut the future of the Massachusetts economy. This is the most sweeping computer and software services tax in the nation. It strikes at the heart of the state’s innovation economy and will stifle job creation for years to come.”

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Massachusetts Foists Software Service Tax on Local Business

Aug 5 2013

By Christine Parizo, Internet Evolution

Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation has said in published reports that the tax could actually raise $500 million for the Commonwealth -- and cost Massachusetts, a hotbed of technology companies, quite a few jobs. In addition, implementing it so quickly will also take a toll on technology companies, particularly smaller systems integrators and independent consultants whose bread-and-butter clients are located in Massachusetts, as well as strain the resources of healthcare providers who often need customized software to, for example, ensure that hospital beds are provisioned efficiently.

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Mass tech tax stirs unease over impact, application

Aug 4 2013

By Andy Metzger, Eagle Tribune

Lawmakers are eyeing a new revenue source that Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation President Michael Widmer has warned could generate $500 million, far more than the $161 million estimate lawmakers attached to their tax hike.

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