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The EU wants to remove regional limits on digital goods

Apr 10

Think regional locks on movie streaming and other digital goods are silly? So does the European Commission. It’s outlining a new strategy (the Digital Single Market) that would prevent companies from geo-blocking online services when it’s not truly necessary. This kind of arbitrary limit “cannot exist” in a single European Union-wide digital marketplace, officials argue. […]

Bloomberg: Multiple Levies on Digital Goods Targeted by House Bill: Taxes

Jan 6

Digital Music – A key House Republican plans a renewed effort to bar multiple taxes on digital goods and services, offering a revised bill that seeks to overcome objections that stalled a past legislative effort.  Representative Lamar Smith of Texas, a former chairman of the House Judiciary Committee who remains a panel member, earlier this […]

DOWNLOAD FAIRNESS COALITION APPLAUDS CONGRESSMEN LAMAR SMITH AND STEVE COHEN

Dec 13

WASHINGTON – Yesterday, Representatives Lamar Smith [TX-21] and Steve Cohen [TN-9] – along with cosponsors Spencer Bachus [AL-6], Steve Chabot [OH-1], and Howard Coble [NC-6] – introduced the Digital Goods and Services Tax Fairness Act of 2013 (H.R. 3724) to create a national framework to guide different jurisdictions on how they can impose taxes on […]

Wireless Industry Unites to Call for Action on Key Consumer Tax Issues

Dec 11

Today, CTIA President and CEO Steve Largent and the CEOs of seven of America’s largest wireless companies joined to write House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte to urge prompt action to extend the Internet Tax Freedom Act’s moratorium on state and local taxation of Internet access. The letter also referenced the need to pass the Digital […]

Download Fairness Coalition Releases New Video on Digital Goods and Services Tax Fairness Act

Jul 29

WASHINGTON – Today the Download Fairness Coalition released a new video highlighting the current problems surrounding the taxation of digital goods and services. The video explains how with just a single click consumers could pay “two or three or more sets of taxes.” “The new video highlights a nightmare tax scenario that consumers face every […]

Download Fairness Coalition: e-commerce bill highlights need for consumer protection from duplicative taxation on digital goods and services

Feb 14

WASHINGTON – Today Senator Durbin reintroduced the Marketplace Fairness Act, a bill that addresses online sales tax collection. The following statement should be attributed to Sam Whitehorn, executive director of the Download Fairness Coalition: “Today’s introduction of the Marketplace Fairness Act highlights the need for clarity for all tax policies around e-commerce. And, nowhere is […]

Pociask: Congress and the Taxing of Technology

Jan 30

Steve Pociask (American Consumer Institute) has a new op-ed on the Huffington Post regarding taxes including those on digital goods. “By passing this act, Congress would establish a framework that would protect consumers from today’s web of pyramid taxation of digital downloads,” write Pociask. Read the full op-ed here.  

Download Fairness Coalition Reacts to Digital Goods and Services Tax Fairness Act CBO Score

Sep 17

  Download Fairness Coalition Reacts to Digital Goods and Services Tax Fairness Act CBO Score   WASHINGTON – The following quote should be attributed to Sam Whitehorn, executive director of the Download Fairness Coalition:   “The Download Fairness Coalition believes that the Congressional Budget Office’s analysis of the Digital Goods and Services Tax Fairness Act […]

Growing Congressional Support for Digital Goods and Services Tax Fairness Act

May 29

WASHINGTON— The Download Fairness Coalition (DFC) today applauds nine legislators for voicing their support for the Digital Goods and Services Tax Fairness Act, a bipartisan measure introduced in by Representatives Lamar Smith (R-Texas) and Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.) with corresponding legislation introduced in the Senate by Sens. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and John Thune (R-S.D.). U.S. Reps. […]

Consumers could be subject to unfair taxation on mobile downloads

May 9

Guest post from Sam Whitehorn, executive director of Download Fairness Coalition: The pace of growth in the online application market is one of the highlights of the new digital economy. Just last December, for example, the Android Market topped 10 billion downloads and less than four years after its debut in 2008, consumers downloaded 25 […]

 

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