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Time Is Running Out for Massachusetts Computer and Software Services Tax Refund


 Tick-tock... time is running out to file an abatement for the Massachusetts computer software and services tax.

Many Massachusetts taxpayers, like people everywhere right now, are undoubtedly preoccupied with holiday preparations and parties. Yet taxpayers who collected the computer and software services tax that lived briefly and controversially between July 31 and September 27, 2013, should think about meeting the abatement deadline.

The Massachusetts Department of Revenue is reminding taxpayers that they have until December 31, 2013, to file an abatement electronically. A “special process to expedite the applications and refund the taxes to vendors as quickly as possible” has been created.  “In turn, vendors must make every reasonable effort to refund the abatement to the customers from whom they collected the tax.”

Customers who paid the tax have a right to a refund because the law that imposed the computer software and services tax was repealed retroactively.

December 31 will be here before you know it.

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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.