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New Mass. Sales Tax Angers, Confuses Tech Firms


BOSTON (AP) — A new Massachusetts sales tax on software and computer services has been met with anger and confusion among technology firms.

Business leaders brand the measure an “innovation tax” that could damage the state’s economic recovery. They say the tax is so vague it’s difficult to be sure who should pay it.

Two groups, the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation and the Massachusetts High Technology Council, are calling on lawmakers to repeal the tax when they return from summer recess. If the Legislature doesn’t act, opponents say they’ll take their case directly to voters.

Sen. Stephen Brewer of the Senate Ways and Means Committee says no decision has been made on whether to revisit the tax. But he notes it was part of a transportation financing plan that business leaders said was needed.

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  • johnk00

    It’s really quite simple – as a Massachusetts resident you should be used to what our self-serving elected government officials do. The goal here is to continue to tax the life out of the citizens, in order to continue to irresponsibly spend that money on pet projects, unnecessary ‘studies” and services, that benefit friends and contributors, while threatening to cut “public safety” and education to get us to fall in line.

    Oh, and to make sure that the “wife’s, sister’s brother’s cousin” can continue to make 50k a year collecting quarters at the toll booths without fear of a layoff. Meanwhile, I’m trying to figure out whether I should pay for food or my “RomneyCare” MANDATED health insurance.

    Wouldn’t mind if there was actually a SEEN benefit, but they lie, mislead and RIP US OFF way too much. We’ll be lucky to see 1% of that “transportation” funding here in Western Mass.

  • weasel

    Get out of MA while the getting is good. Nothing but a welfare state supported that the few that work for a living.