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GOP Lawmakers Push to Repeal “Tech Tax”

VO_ SOFTWARE TAXESBOSTON (AP) — Republican lawmakers will be unveiling a bill that would repeal Massachusetts’ new sales tax on computer and software services.

Republican House Leader Bradley Jones of North Reading and Senate GOP Leader Bruce Tarr of Gloucester are planning a Monday afternoon press conference at the digital marketing firm Genuine Interactive in Boston.

The bill filing follows a series of discussions held by GOP lawmakers with technology industry professionals and representatives from local chambers of commerce.

The computer sales tax, approved as part of a transportation financing plan, has drawn sharp criticism from technology companies.

They say the so-called “tech tax” is vague and confusing, while warning it could harm a key sector of the state’s economy and cost jobs.

Critics are also pushing a proposed ballot question to repeal the law.

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