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Massachusetts Computer Software and Services Tax Repealed

  • Sep 30, 2013 | Gail Cole

 Governor Patrick has signed the tech tax repeal.


Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick (D) signed the repeal of the computer software and services tax last Friday, September 27, 2013. His signature was expected, since both the Massachusetts Senate and House voted overwhelming in favor of repealing the tax.

From the outset, the tax that took effect on July 31 of this year was widely denounced. Indeed, Gov. Patrick vetoed the legislation responsible for the tax, but his veto was overridden.

The repeal is retroactive and requires “any business which collected this tax between July 31 and September 27 to return it to the customer who paid it.” Any tax revenue already submitted to the Massachusetts Department of Revenue will be refunded. Information is available on the department’s update, “Computer Software Service Tax Repealed.”

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Gail Cole
Avalara Author
Gail Cole
Gail Cole
Avalara Author Gail Cole
Gail began researching and writing about sales tax in 2012 and has been fascinated with it ever since. She has a penchant for uncovering unusual tax facts, and endeavors to make complex sales tax laws more digestible for both experts and laypeople.