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Mar 19 2016   1:31PM GMT

New York senate advocates open source developer tax credit

Adrian Bridgwater Adrian Bridgwater Profile: Adrian Bridgwater

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Much has been made recently of large scale (previously proprietary) firms adopting new uber open stances and suddenly getting the open source religion.

As we have commented before… there’s a big difference between ‘making your product available on Linux’ and truly being an open source contributor and advocate of the community contribution model.

Small beer?

Although only leading to a potential maximum annual benefit of only US$200 per person, two New York senators have proposed a new tax credit system designed to benefit those who contribute solid code contributions.

Senator Daniel Squadron and Senator Ruth Hassell-Thompson have put forward proposals that would allow developers to claim for 20 per cent of the out-of-pocket costs of building and sharing open-source code.

Iain Thompson reports on The Register saying that the idea of rewarding developers in this way isn’t new – the concept was first put forward in 2006 by the Center for American Progress think tank.

Thompson quotes Squadron as follows, “I’ve also seen the cost-saving impacts open source can have for everyday users and businesses. Incentivizing open source software can attract more open source developers, create in-state jobs, and add to the state’s burgeoning technology sector.”

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