Massachusetts Imposes New Sales and Use Taxes on Computer System Design and Software Modification Services


The Massachusetts Department of Revenue (“DOR”) will formally announce deferral of compliance with the Massachusetts “tech tax” early next week, according to reliable and informed sources. The deferral announcement is expected at least several days before the September 20, 2013, due date for electronically filing the first “tech tax” returns and electronically paying over the first “tech taxes.”

The anticipated deferral period will extend at least through the month of October 2013. This deferral period will provide time for the Massachusetts General Court and Governor Patrick to formally repeal the “tech tax” following yesterday’s announcement by House Speaker Robert DeLeo and Senate President Therese Murray that they no longer support the “tech tax.” Governor Patrick announced his withdrawal of support earlier this week.

Our readers are strongly advised to make every reasonable effort to comply timely with the “tech tax” until deferral is formally announced by the DOR.

DISCLAIMER: Because of the generality of this update, the information provided herein may not be applicable in all situations and should not be acted upon without specific legal advice based on particular situations.

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