Maryland Levies 6 % IT Services Tax

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Maryland Levies 6% IT Services Tax

The cost of IT services in Maryland is going up at least 6 percent in 2009 when a new state tax goes into effect. Lawmakers in Baltimore passed a bill to levy the tax on IT facilities management and operation; custom computer programming; systems integrators; systems consultants; computer disaster recovery services; and hardware or software installation, maintenance and repair. Internet access, computer training, telecommunications, banking services and business management are exempt. The state expects the tax to raise more than $300 million annually and help close a $1.7 billion budget gap. IT services companies and industry groups are denouncing the tax, saying it will cause Maryland companies to outsource their IT needs to neighboring states or foreign markets.

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