Massachusetts House Votes to Repeal New Tech Tax

The state Senate is poised today to follow the lead of the House, which voted yesterday to repeal the so-called tech tax in a finger-pointing session that left business leaders concerned that lawmakers just don’t understand the technology sector.
September 26, 2013

The state Senate is poised today to follow the lead of the House, which voted yesterday to repeal the so-called tech tax in a finger-pointing session that left business leaders concerned that lawmakers just don’t understand the technology sector.

“There were some surprising words out there that continue to indicate that (legislators) don’t fully understand our industry or even understand it at all, so we need to talk to them,” said Andrew Mazzarella of the SPARK Coalition, a group of tech businesses that organized to push for repeal of the tech tax.
 
The 6.25 percent tax on software services was part of the $500 million transportation financing bill passed in July and it caused an almost immediate outcry from the state’s tech industry, which said it would drive away business. Gov. Deval Patrick and House and Senate leaders reversed course earlier this month, agreeing to pursue a repeal of the tax many lawmakers had voted for.

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