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

by Attorney Morris N. Robinson, Managing Director, M. Robinson & Company, P.C., and Attorney Matthew A. Morris, Tax Associate, M. Robinson & Company. P.C.

On July 24, 2013, the Massachusetts General Court overrode a veto by Governor Deval Patrick and enacted an $800 million transportation bill entitled An Act Relative to Transportation Finance (the “Act”). The Act became effective one week later on July 31, 2013. This Act contains new taxes on computer system design services and software modification services.

On July 24, 2013, the Massachusetts Department of Revenue (“MDOR”) issued Technical Information Release 13-10: Sales and Use Tax on Computer and Software Services Law Changes Effective July 31, 2013 (“TIR 13-10”).
This TIR (1) sets forth the new statutory language, (2) provides a broad overview of the type of services that might be subject to the new tax, and (3) introduces some administrative relief for computer service providers subject to the new tax.

Click here to read the full article about the “tech tax.”


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