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There are many issues including ongoing debate in the Legislature about tax policy changes that are important to MBR’s membership and the state’s business climate. MBR, through its Competitiveness Task Force, will continue to gather information from the membership to further define and update our positions on these issues, as well as develop the framework for a state economic development strategy that will drive our advocacy as well as inform public officials.
MBR will advocate for a public tax policy that promotes cost competitiveness and improves both the reality and perception of Massachusetts as a place to do business.
The Roundtable's Competitiveness Task Force played an important role in surfacing issues related to the software services tax. MBR communicated the experiences of members to key policy makers and leaders on Beacon Hill and worked with partners in the business community toward the successful repeal the $160 million tax. MBR also facilitated discussions between business leaders and the Department of Revenue during the implementation of the tax to help DOR understand the concerns and questions being raised by employers.
The Roundtable's deputy director Chris Kealey was appointed by Department of Revenue Commissioner Amy Pitter to serve on the new 16-member new 16-member DOR Advisory Council. MBR's work on the Council is helping to advance the Department's new Early Mediation Pilot, which is expediting dispute resolution. The Council is also working to improve relations and communications with the business community and other key stakeholders on the implementation of tax policies in Massachusetts.
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