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DFC: Tax Day a Reminder That We Need Certainty on Digital Downloads

WASHINGTON – The following statement should be attributed to Sam Whitehorn, executive director of the Download Fairness Coalition:

“Every Tax Day is a reminder of the confusion that consumers face when it comes to the taxes they pay on digital goods such as MP3s and mobile apps.

“Because digital goods can be sent to anywhere from anywhere, current tax law cannot accurately determine which state has a right to tax these transactions. A consumer living in one state may purchase an MP3 from a company in another state while he is traveling in a third state. Unlike taxes on tangible goods such as paperback books and DVDs, consumers of digital goods today face a scenario where all three states may try to tax this purchase.

“Last year our coalition supported the Digital Goods and Services Tax Fairness Act which would provide a framework for how these goods and services are taxed. We anxiously await the reintroduction of this bill in coming weeks. This legislation is greatly needed in order to ensure that consumers are protected from duplicative taxation on digital products.”
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.

For more information visit our web page at dfc01.wpengine.com.