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- September 26 2013The Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation applauds the Legislature for its vote to repeal the sales tax on computer and software services. This was a difficult but important vote, and the Foundation commends legislators for their quick action to repeal the tax and to make the repeal retroactive.
- September 9 2013
The Foundation’s comprehensive 50-state analysis shows that the recently enacted software services tax is the most burdensome in the nation. The Excel file allows users to compare Massachusetts to 49 other states on the tax treatment of 11 different categories of computer and software services.
- August 7 2013Citing the recently passed technology tax “as a grave danger to the future of the innovation economy,” 20 Massachusetts business leaders, representing both small and large companies, today filed an initiative petition to repeal the recently enacted 6.25% sales tax on computer and software technology services.
- June 26 2013This is the most sweeping such tax in the nation. It strikes at the heart of the state’s innovation economy and will stifle job creation for years to come.
- March 19 2013The Governor’s proposed sales tax on computer and data processing and custom software would have very serious ramifications for major sectors of the state’s economy.
- January 30 2013
The Foundation’s analysis of the Governor’s tax proposal shows that the elimination of the personal income tax exemptions and the additional corporate taxes account for most of the $1.9 billion in new revenues. The analysis also summarizes the 44 personal income tax exemptions and deductions that he has proposed to eliminate.
- November 15 2012
The Foundation’s latest report, State Tax Expenditures: Less Than Meets The Eye, examines the state’s annual estimate of “tax expenditures,” or the amount of revenue the state foregoes because of exceptions to tax laws. While commonly thought of as incentives, tax breaks, or loopholes that benefit corporations, the Foundation’s analysis shows that billions of the state’s so-called tax expenditures are merely the result of longstanding tax policies and practices, mostly benefitting individuals.
- May 30 2012
While tax expenditures are commonly thought of as tax breaks given to specific businesses or industries, they actually represent a much broader set of tax policies that benefit every resident of the state. Tax expenditures include all exemptions from the state sales tax, as well as exclusions, deductions, and credits that the state allows on personal and corporate income taxes.