Springfield lawyer to sue state over tech tax

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The Massachusetts tax on software services is coming under additional attack by the state’s business community, prompting Governor Deval Patrick to acknowledge he is concerned the uproar will damage the state’s reputation within technology circles.

On Wednesday, a Springfield lawyer who represents young technology companies said he will challenge the new tax in court, on the grounds that it is so vaguely written it is unconstitutional.

“Right now we’ve got business owners who don’t know what to collect taxes on,” said Scott Foster, a partner with the law firm Bulkley, Richardson, and Gelinas LLP.

Foster plans to seek a court injunction within the next two weeks to have the tax suspended while the lawsuit is heard. Meanwhile, Patrick said Wednesday he is “concerned but not alarmed” about how the tax has been received.

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