Tech sector powerless to stop new software tax

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With Massachusetts poised to adopt a tax on software services, the state’s technology sector is about to learn a hard lesson in ignoring Beacon Hill.

The industry was practically absent from the early discussions to include the new tax in a transportation funding bill, and its chief advocacy group, the Mass Technology Leadership Council, did not take an active role in opposing the tax.

“We heard precious little from the industry,” said Democratic Senator Stephen Brewer of Barre, chairman of the Senate Committee on Ways and Means. “There are people who could have weighed in earlier that we didn’t see.”

With passage of the tax imminent, tech companies and business groups are warning it could deal a crippling blow to one of the state’s most important sectors.

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