AMHERST, Mass. (WWLP) - Governor Patrick has changed his mind on one of the state's newest and very controversial taxes.
The computer software tax went into effect in July, along with a cigarette and gas tax, but some business owners say it's so broad and confusing, and they should just get rid of it.
The so-called tech-tax is meant to generate $161 million in new revenue for the state; Left Click CEO Kelly Albrecht says it's too confusing to enforce.
“I definitely agree; it's very broad and confusing. It's sort of a beta release of the tax so far,” said Albrecht inside his Cowles Lane shop.
On Tuesday, Governor Patrick announced he's thinking about repealing the controversial sales tax and replacing it with something else.
“Why not replace it with the new medical marijuana stuff. Tax the heck out of that stuff, just like the do alcohol and cigarettes,” said Peter Smolenski of Northampton.
Albrecht owns two Apple-Authorized repair and retail shops in Amherst and Northampton. He says that aside from passing on an added cost to his customers, he's had to retrain staff.
“My iBook just crashed it wouldn't load up and wouldn't boot. So, I brought it here,” said Left Click customer Michael Giardina.
Under this year's transportation bill, taxes will be collected on computer system design services, and although Giardina's warranty means he doesn't pay for repairs Albrecht still needs to bill Apple.
“So they are not paying any tax but Apple is also a business in Massachusetts. So I'm still unclear on whether we should be collecting tax for doing that service for Apple,” said Albrecht on Wednesday.
House and Senate Republicans plan to file legislation this week to repeal the tax.