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Senate Votes to Repeal Tech Tax

September 26, 2013

The Massachusetts Senate voted unanimously today to repeal the software services tax. The bill, passed by the House of Representatives on Wednesday, repeals the software services tax in its entirety and refunds the vendors who have already collected and paid the now void tax.

The software services tax, contained in the Transportation Finance Reform bill passed by the legislature earlier this session, raised concerns about its potential negative impact on business growth, job creation and the technology sector across the state. Senator Karen Spilka (D-Ashland), co-chair of the Tech Hub Caucus in the legislature, filed an earlier version of a bill to repeal the tax on August 14th.

“Here in Massachusetts, we are very proud of our technology industry and our reputation as a wonderful place for start-ups, entrepreneurship and innovation,” said Senator Spilka. “The software services tax was detrimental to the open, innovative business climate we hope to foster throughout the Commonwealth. I am so thrilled by this unanimous vote in the Senate today, and I look forward to continuing to collaborate with, support and advance the technology industry and innovation economy.”

The bill now awaits the Governor’s signature.



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