GOP Lawmakers Call For Repeal Of Software Tax

By Bob Salsberg, Associated Press

BOSTON (AP) ‚ÄĒ Republican lawmakers and business groups are ramping up pressure on the Legislature to repeal a new sales tax on computer and software services.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Bernice Corpuz reports

GOP Lawmakers Call For Repeal Of Software Tax

The minority leaders of the House and Senate plan to file a bill on Monday to eliminate the 6.25 percent tax that took effect this summer as part of a massive transportation financing law. The tax has drawn sharp criticism from technology companies in the state.

The Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, which also opposes the tax, planned to release a new study to support the group’s assertion that the state now has the nation’s highest software services tax.

Democratic legislative leaders and Gov. Deval Patrick have indicated that if the tax is repealed, it would have to be replaced by another equivalent source of revenue.

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