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Bill to Repeal New Software Taxes from 2010 Introduced Today in Colorado

Wednesday, April 6, 2011   (0 Comments)
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April 6, 2011 - Legislative Update
Bill to Repeal New Software Taxes from 2010 Introduced Today in Colorado
House Majority Leader Amy Stephens (R-El Paso County) and Representative Carole Murray (R-Castle Rock) introduced a bill today, HB11-1293, to repeal the additional software taxes passed during last year’s legislative session.  Joining Representatives Stephens and Murray were Senators Cheri Jahn (D-Wheat Ridge) and Linda Newell (D-Littleton).

The bill would repeal the additional taxes on software use that were passed in the 2010 legislative session because businesses have found the legislation confusing and detrimental to business growth and economic success in Colorado.   Passed as only an elimination of an exemption for downloaded software and a 3% tax, instead, last year’s new taxes added administrative costs and a nightmare for all employers across the state, resulted in taxes of more than 8%, and ultimately has assessed an extra cost for companies who employ people in Colorado – and a penalty for utilizing software programs. 

Today’s bill is the next step after yesterday’s successful announcement by House Speaker Frank McNulty and Senate President Brandon Shaffer, who agreed to a bipartisan budget deal that included repealing the new taxes on software use that were passed in 2010. 

HB11-1293 will now be heard first in the House, slated for its first committee hearing next week.  

Please Join Us In Thanking Legislative Leaders
Please join us in letting legislators know that we appreciate their leadership on behalf of the technology industry – so please email or call the Speaker of the House, Frank McNulty, (R-Highlands Ranch), House Majority Leader Amy Stephens (R-El Paso County), Representative Carole Murray (R-Castle Rock), Senator Cheri Jahn (D-Wheat Ridge) and Senator Linda Newell (D-Littleton).  Your story is important to these legislators, and hearing from you directly will let them know how important their work is.  Please also email or call the President of the Senate, Brandon Shaffer (D-Longmont) to thank him for including the repeal of the software tax in the budget deal made yesterday.

Next Steps
Colorado Technology Association will be representing our industry and companies who use software as we go before various committees beginning first with the House of Representatives and then with the Colorado Senate.  If you are interested in joining us in testifying, please contact Su Hawk at shawk@coloradotechnology.org or 303.592.4068.  At this time, we don’t know the dates for those committee hearings, but let us know if you’re interested in helping, and we’ll be sure to share the details as we know them.

In addition, we’ll be asking you to help us get the word out to make sure the technology industry’s voice is heard, so as we learn more information, we’ll be asking you to email or call legislators, blog, or comment on stories.  Our objective is to repeal last year’s new taxes on software and with your help, we know it will be possible. 

Please read and comment on the Denver Post article "Colorado legislators reach budget deal” 

Also, please read and comment on the Denver Business article "Confusion swirls around business-software tax.” It’s important that not only our legislators hear from our important industry, but the media as well.  Comment on the article and tell them how this law has created confusion for you and your company or other affects this law has had on your business.  

Learn more about how HB1192 affects you and why this law needs to be repealed to keep our technology industry thriving >>  
 

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