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Computer Services Tax Hits Massachusetts Businesses

Aug 1 2013

WGGB

The new computer and software tax is being criticized by business groups as well as the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation. The foundation calls it the most far-reaching software services tax in the entire county , one that’s going to impact virtually every industry across the Commonwealth.
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Massachusetts enacts sales tax on 'pre-written' software

Jul 29 2013

By Rob Marvin, Software Development Times

This kind of software service tax is unprecedented. According to New England Cable News, Michael J. Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation (an independent, bi-partisan research organization) said, "This is the most far-reaching software services tax in the nation."
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Massachusetts to tax information technology service starting Wednesday

Jul 29 2013

By Donna Boynton, The Worcester Telegram

"This is the most sweeping software services tax in the nation," said Michael J. Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation. Only three other states have a similar tax — New Mexico at 5.125 percent, and Hawaii and South Dakota each at 4 percent. "This is not peripheral to the Massachusetts economy; this is central to our economic future." Mr. Widmer added, "We could not have chosen a more perfect tax to undercut the Massachusetts economy."
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Software Tax explained

Jul 27 2013

Cape Cod Today

In late June, when lawmakers struck their tax bill deal, Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation President estimated that one tax alone could generate $500 million. "State leaders could hardly have chosen a more perfect tax to undercut the future of the Massachusetts economy," Widmer said at the time. "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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Uproar follows impending Mass. software tax

Jul 26 2013

By Peter Howe, NECN Business

"This is the most far-reaching software services tax in the nation," Taxpayers Foundation president Michael J. Widmer said Friday. His group has been warning that what legislators called a $161 million tax was potentially much more like a $500 million hit because software and computer services are so pervasive throughout the Massachusetts economy.
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Editorial: Lawmakers fail state's taxpayers

Jul 26 2013

Gloucester Times

The application of the sales tax to computer and software services will cost the state’s employers an additional $500 million per year, according to estimates from the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation. That will cut into profits in virtually every industry in the state, no doubt leading to lost jobs.
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Tax holiday in danger?

Jul 26 2013

By Nelson Benton, The Salem News

he North Shore Chamber of Commerce has joined the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation and other business groups in urging legislators to reject budget language extending the sales tax to computer and software services. According to an MTF release, “By extending the 6.25 percent sales tax to a wide swath of technological services, Massachusetts will lay claim to the most onerous computer and software services tax in the nation.”
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Editorial: Legislature picks taxpayers’ pockets again

Jul 25 2013

Lawrence Eagle Tribune

Massachusetts is a leader in computer services; taxing a growth industry undermines the state’s competitive advantages. The tax will cut into profits in virtually every industry in the state as those businesses are the primary customers for computer and software services. It is inevitable that jobs will be lost.
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Editorial: Tax hike the wrong move for Bay State

Jul 25 2013

The Daily News

Legislators also showed little concern for the state’s anemic job market. The application of the sales tax to computer and software services will cost the state’s employers an additional $500 million per year, according to estimates from the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation. Massachusetts is a leader in computer services; taxing a growth industry undermines the state’s competitive advantages. The tax will cut into profits in virtually every industry in the state, as those businesses are the primary customers for computer and software services. It is inevitable that jobs will be lost.
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Massachusetts Computer Services Tax Riles IT Industry

Jul 19 2013

By Elena Malykhina, InformationWeek

Another group, the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, said the tax on computer services could cost the state's employers an additional $500 million annually. "The tax takes clear aim at the state's innovation economy, which is the essence of the state's competitive edge and at the core of its economic future. Many of the key investments in computers and software that help to incubate groundbreaking discoveries and cutting-edge ideas will now be subject to the sales tax," the nonprofit research organization said in a statement reacting to the initial bill in June.

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