House expected to vote Wednesday on repeal of state software tax

Boston-08/02/13 _Small tech company Dockyard is a 12-person operation that could be affected by the new sales tax on software developers. Michael Dupuis(left) with other workers in their Tremont Street suite. .Boston Globe staff photo by John Tlumacki (business)
The software services tax sparked outcry over the summer from businesses.John Tlumacki/Globe Staff/File

The Massachusetts House of Representatives is expected to vote Wednesday on a bill to repeal the software services tax that sparked outcry over the summer from businesses.

The Senate will likely take up the measure Thursday. If both chambers pass the legislation this week, it could potentially be sent to Governor Deval Patrick for his signature. Patrick, along with both leaders of the House and Senate, have already publicly called for abolishing the tax.

The tax was initially adopted in July as part of a transportation finance bill. It extended the state’s 6.25 percent sales levy to a range of business services such the modification of off-the-shelf software or Web page construction. After it was passed, business groups complained the tax was too confusing to implement and would harm the state’s innovation economy.

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