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Mass. GOP Calls for Repeal of Software Tax

Sep 9 2013

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The Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, which also opposes the tax, released a new analysis on Monday that the group said showed the state was now imposing the highest tax on software services in the nation.
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Mass. Taxpayers Foundation: Tech tax ‘most burdensome’ in U.S.

Sep 9 2013

By Matt Stout, The Boston Herald

The Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation released what it touted as a state-by-state comparison of state tax laws aimed at computer and software services, focusing on 11 categories that it says the Bay State now taxes. Group President Michael Widmer called the findings “stunning, to put it mildly.” “It’s dramatic to discover that on the one hand, innovation and technology is the centerpiece of our economy but on the other, we’re taxing it to a larger extent than any other state in the nation,” Widmer said.
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Study: Mass. tech tax highest in U.S.

Sep 9 2013

By Jack Encarnacao, The Boston Herald

“This is the most burdensome software services tax in the nation,” said 
Michael Widmer, president of the taxpayers foundation, which is staunchly opposed to the tax approved by the Legislature this year. “We’re number one in the nation in exactly what we don’t want to be. Clearly the only course here is to repeal the tax.”
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Editorial: Revenge of the techies

Sep 6 2013

The Boston Herald

The Massachusetts High Technology Council, the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation and high-tech execs organized into the new Spark Coalition are working to repeal the tax, which has put local firms at a huge economic disadvantage in a very competitive industry. But that couldn’t even go on the ballot until November of 2014 — hence talk of halting it in court.
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Mass. Governor Holds Closed-Door Meeting On Controversial Tech Tax

Sep 5 2013

By Sarah Kuranda, CRN

In addition, Gov. Patrick gathered seven business leaders from around the state. President of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation Michael Widmer, Verizon New England Regional President Donna Cupelo, Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council President Tom Hopcroft, partner at Flybridge Capital Partners Jeff Bussgang, Massachusetts Innovation and Technology Exchange President Debi Kleiman, co-founder of William Edmundson and Associates Phil Edmundson and President of Assembla Andy Singleton were listed as those who attended the meeting.

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No results from tech tax talk

Sep 5 2013

By Matt Stout, The Boston Herald

“This is the No. 1 topic in the State House, and it will only intensify because the grassroots effort is only building,” said Michael Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, who was among those urging Gov. Deval Patrick, House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo and Senate President Therese Murray to ax the new tax on software services, whose broad wording analysts fear will sap the state’s competitive edge.
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Patrick, legislators, business leaders huddle on computer, software sales tax

Sep 5 2013

AP / Worcester Telegram

''It raised awareness among political leaders that this tax is unfixable and needs to be repealed,'' Widmer said of the meeting. The tax was estimated to produce $161 million in the current fiscal year, and Widmer said business leaders acknowledged that removing that revenue would leave a hole in the state budget. Patrick and top lawmakers have insisted that any change in the tax would have to be replaced by another, equivalent source of revenue.
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State House Meeting Focuses On ‘Tech Tax’ In Mass.

Sep 5 2013

By Bob Salsberg, AP / WBUR

Patrick convened the closed-door meeting in his office after business-backed groups, including the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, announced they would ask Massachusetts voters to repeal the tax if lawmakers did not do so first. Michael Widmer, president of the foundation, said Patrick, House Speaker Robert DeLeo and Senate President Therese Murray listened to the arguments during the session, but made no promises.
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Technology services tax snafu ensnares Democrats

Sep 4 2013

By Gabrielle Gurley, CommonWealth Magazine

Only four other states levy such a tax, and they do so at lower rates, according to the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation. The vagueness of the law, including the types of services that would be taxed, has confused just about everyone, including the state Department of Revenue.
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Gov. Deval Patrick, legislators and business leaders hold tech tax summit

Sep 4 2013

By Shira Schoenberg, The Republican

Michael Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, said business owners at the meeting told the governor and legislators that the tax should be repealed and the $161 million replaced by other revenues. “Business leaders laid out the scope of this tax, its impact on the future of the Massachusetts economy,” Widmer said.
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