• Tech Tax Rebate Deadline Dec. 31!

    by  • December 11, 2013 • Calls to Action, News

    The “Tech Tax.” It was passed into law this July, only to be repealed two months later. The tax, which placed a sales/use levy on computer and software services, immediately came under fire from members of the tech community, as well as individuals throughout the creative sector.  The legislature responded quickly and Governor Deval Patrick struck the law down in September. That’s the good news.

    The bad news is only 49 of the 250 vendors who reported collecting taxes in response to the Tech Tax have filed for an abatement of those taxes with the Department of Revenue (DOR) – and they only have until December 31, 2013 to complete the filing.

    “We have sent communications directly to this group through DOR’s WebFile for Business, using the contact information they provided,” said Maryann Merigan, a director at the DOR. “We will do that again. It’s important that we use all avenues of communication to get this word out. We do not want these vendors to miss out on filing for an abatement.”

    Merigan asks that all of us send the following message to our constituents, colleagues, associations – anyone who may have filed a sales/use tax return reporting that they collected taxes specifically related to the legislation that was repealed:


    Learn the action steps to claim your refund from the DOR Tax Advocate


    John Weeks is a MALC Steering Committee member committed to social justice for artists. A former staffer at the Mass. State House, he works as a political consultant and a literary publicist. John is an author who studies the finer points of literary technique at Boston's Grub Street.