DFC Applauds the Introduction of the Digital Goods & Services Tax Fairness Act
WASHINGTON, March 25, 2015 – Sam Whitehorn, Executive Director of the Download Fairness Coalition, today released the following statement in response to the introduction of the Digital Goods and Services Tax Fairness Act:
“On behalf of the Download Fairness Coalition, we applaud Senators Thune and Wyden on the introduction of the Digital Goods and Services Tax Fairness Act. This legislation will serve to protect millions of consumers from duplicative and discriminatory taxes from being imposed on digital commerce.
Digital goods and services are vital part of the American economy and one that continues to grow rapidly. Approximately eighty-seven percent of Americans use the Internet for personal, professional, and consumer use. It is projected that by 2017 mobile apps alone will account for $77 billion in revenue. Hundreds of billions of apps, e-books, songs, and films have been sold, downloaded, and streamed, and the numbers are only going up.
Digital goods and services represent one of the most dynamic and vibrant sectors of the economy. This sector must remain that way. The bill introduced yesterday by Sens. Thune and Wyden ensures this by providing both consumers and states with certainty regarding a framework, if a state so chooses, to tax digital products in a fair manner.
We believe this is a vital first step in ensuring protections for the millions of Americans that participate in the digital economy each day. We look forward to working with the Senate sponsors and other members of Congress to ensure that this important legislation is enacted in the 114th Congress.”
About The Download Fairness Coalition
The Download Fairness Coalition is an organization that educates policymakers about the benefits of the digital economy. The organization is committed to policies that increase access to digital goods and services for all consumers. As an organization formed within the meaning of section 501(c)(4), contributions to the organization are not tax deductible as a charitable contribution for federal income tax purposes.