The Maryland state legislature concluded its special session very early the morning of Monday, November 19, and as a result of the letters and other grass roots communications by MAPPS members in Maryland and with offices in Maryland, combined with the efforts of the MAPPS staff, the legislature did NOT broadly expand the Maryland sales tax to services.
Governor Martin O'Malley (D) had proposed a sales tax expansion to a variety services. Instead, the legislature only extended the sales tax to a select few services, notably certain computer services. However, the legislature specified what types of computer services would be subject to the sales tax, and by reading the definition and exclusions, it is clear that digital mapping and GIS services, and other computer-related services performed by mapping, surveying, engineering and architectural firms, are EXEMPT.
MAPPS sent a letter to legislators urging that surveying and mapping services not be subject to the sales tax. (click here).
Below are several other links to information about the legislature's actions, including a link to the actual text of the bill that finally passed.
"This is another example of what we can accomplish when we work together," said MAPPS Executive Director John Palatiello.
About MAPPS Formed in 1982, MAPPS is the only national association exclusively comprised of private firms in the remote sensing, spatial data and geographic information systems field in the United States. The MAPPS membership spans the entire spectrum of the geospatial community, including Member Firms engaged in satellite and airborne remote sensing, surveying, photogrammetry, aerial photography, mobile mapping, LIDAR, building information models (BIM), 3D mapping, hydrography, bathymetry, charting, aerial and satellite image processing, GPS, and GIS data collection and conversion services. MAPPS also includes Associate Member Firms, which are companies that provide hardware, software, products and services to the geospatial profession in the United States and other firms from around the world. Independent Consultant Members are sole proprietors engaged in consulting in or to the geospatial profession, or provides a consulting service of interest to the geospatial profession.
MAPPS provides its 180+ member firms opportunities for networking and developing business-to-business relationships, information sharing, education, public policy advocacy, market growth, and professional development and image enhancement.
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