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H 3382 - Expands Retail Tax to Include Computer System Design Services - Key Vote

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Legislation - Bill Passed (House) (97-55) - (Key vote)

Title: Expands Retail Tax to Include Computer System Design Services

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to pass a bill that expands the retail tax and increases the tax on cigarettes and on gas.

Highlights:
  • Expands the retail tax to include “computer system design services” (Secs. 23 & 24).
  • Defines “computer system design services” as the planning, consulting, or designing of computer systems that integrate computer hardware, software, or communication technologies and are provided by a vendor or a third party (Sec. 23).
  • Increases the cigarette tax from $0.10 to $0.15 for vendors of tobacco products (Sec. 19).
  • Increases the gasoline tax from $0.21 to $0.24 per gallon of gasoline (Sec. 17).
  • Requires the gasoline tax to be adjusted annually by the percentage increase in the Consumer Price Index from the preceding year, effective January 1, 2015 (Secs. 18 & 37).
  • Requires the Massachusetts Department of Transportation to appropriate at least $100 million annually to be spent on repairs and improvements to municipal ways and bridges (Sec. 4).
  • Authorizes the revenue generated by the Department to be derived from the following areas (Sec. 27):
    • Fees collected by the Registrar of Motor Vehicles;
    • Funds contributed to the Motor Vehicle Inspection Trust Fund;
    • Funds contributed to the Massachusetts Transportation Trust Fund; and
    • Other funds directly collected by the department.
  • Requires the Department to classify and fund the salaries and benefits of its employees as operating expenditures on or before June 30, 2016 (Sec. 29).
  • Establishes a “value capture commission” to report on the effectiveness of the commonwealth’s current value capture policies and recommend whether certain policies from other jurisdictions be implemented (Sec. 31).
  • The computer system design services retail tax provision has since been repealed by legislation passed by both chambers and approved by the Governor.
Legislation - Introduced (House) -

Title: Expands Retail Tax to Include Computer System Design Services

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