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Apple’s New iPad a Boost to Digital Goods

Mar 8

After months of rumor and speculation, Apple released today its highly-anticipated iPad3. The updated device, which includes an improved camera, enhanced Retina display and boosted graphics has made this next generation model the subject of much anticipation and excitement. However, while the iPad3 is being lauded for its many new features, there is a still […]

Consumers at risk because of fragmented digital taxes

Mar 5

Whether watching the latest Oscar-nominee from the palm of your hand or feeding your Angry Birds addiction during the morning commute (for those non-drivers out there!), digital applications, also known as digital goods, have become an integral part of daily life and entertainment. Besides movies, games, and music, digital goods have expanded into nearly every market […]

The “App Economy” Supports Nearly 500,000 American Jobs

Feb 17

TechNet, a network of leaders from across the tech and innovation sectors of the economy, recently released a report highlighting the size of the “App Economy” as of the end of 2011. According to TechNet’s study, the “App Economy” already supports nearly 500,000 jobs in the United States alone. The “App Economy” work force is […]

Our laws needed to be updated to let the economy grow

Jan 23

It’s not too difficult to predict what the President’s main focus will be at tomorrow’s State of the Union address — the economy. As the economy continues to takes small steps forward and Washington, DC looks for ways to continue to encourage economic growth – tax policy must likewise evolve, encouraging activities and establishing frameworks […]

Alford: Congress needs to look at tax burden

Sep 8

Harry Alford of the National Black Chamber of Commerce was published in the Missouri News-Leader. Alford calls for action on the Digital Goods and Services Tax Fairness Act. The full article is available here.

Atkinson Calls on Congress to Support Digital Goods Legislation

May 23

ITIF President Robert D. Atkinson will testify before Members of Congress today at a hearing by the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts, Commercial and Administrative Law on H.R. 1860, “The Digital Goods and Services Tax Fairness Act of 2011.” Atkinson will argue that it is essential for Congress to act to establish a national framework […]

Coalition works to Stop Unfair E-commerce Taxes

May 23

Julie Bart of “Hot Hardware” reports on the launch of the Download Fairness Coalition.   “There’s a new non-profit lobbying group in town, the Download Fairness Coalition, and it wants to stop double or triple taxation practices that states charge on digitally downloaded purchases, like music, movies or books.”   More of Bart’s coverage of […]

Chairman Smith and Rep. Cohen Introduce Digital Goods Bill

May 12

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) and Representative Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.) today introduced legislation to protect consumers from unfair taxes on digital goods, like those purchased over the Internet or on a smartphone.

Download Fairness Coalition Launches Website

May 1

Welcome to the Download Fairness Coalition website! This coalition will work to ensure that taxes on digital goods and services are fair for all consumers and that no one has to pay multiple taxes just for purchasing the latest online game or hottest mp3.

CTIA Head Talks Digital Goods, Taxes

Apr 28

Engadget recently interviewed CTIA President and CEO Steve Largent, who discussed issues in the wireless industry including spectrum and taxes. According to Largent, the explosion of digital commerce has created a huge demand for additional spectrum to support the increasing number of wireless transactions. “You know, it really is the lifeblood of this industry… it’s […]

 

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