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DFC Participates on Panel Regarding Digital Goods and Services Tax Fairness Act of 2015

On Wednesday, July 8, the Senate Judiciary Committee held a legislative briefing regarding the Digital Goods and Services Tax Fairness Act of 2015 – Senate Bill 851 sponsored by Senator John Thune (R), co-sponsored by Dean Heller (R), Ron Wyden (D), Jon Tester (D)and House Resolution 1643 sponsored by Representative Lamar Smith (R), cosponsored by Rep. Steve Cohen (D), Rep. Steve Chabot (R), Rep. Trent Franks (R), Rep. Blake Farenthold (R), and Rep. Alcee Hastings (D) promoting neutrality, simplicity, and fairness in the taxation of digital goods and digital services.

The Download Fairness Coalition’s Executive Director Sam Whitehorn along with Jot Carpenter of CTIA, Rob Atkinson of ITIF, and Stacy Sprinkle of Verizon comprised a panel which presented in front of representatives from over thirty congressional offices. The panel provided an overview, answered questions from staffers, and highlighted the importance of the legislation in creating certainty for consumers and states in the digital marketplace.

With more than 200 million internet users expected to make online purchases this year buying everything from mobile apps to e-books it is now more important than ever to have a solid policy framework that will prohibit multiple and discriminatory taxes on digital goods and services. The Download Fairness Coalition was honored to be a part of this event and looks forward to participating in future briefings working towards passing this important legislation.

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