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Digital Goods and Services Tax Fairness Act Receives Additional Congressional Support

WASHINGTON— The Download Fairness Coalition (DFC) today applauds eight legislators for declaring their support for the Digital Goods and Services Tax Fairness Act, a bipartisan measure introduced 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. Mark E. Amodei (R-Nev.), Leonard L. Boswell (D-Iowa) Theodore E. Deutch (D-Fla.), Tim Holden (D-Pa.), Tom Marino (R-Pa.), Todd Rokita (R-Ind.), Peter J. Roskam (R-Ill.), and Steve Scalise (R-La.) join a bipartisan group of more than 40 fellow elected officials as co-sponsors of H.R. 1860 and S. 971.

“The surge of bipartisan support for the Digital Goods and Services Tax Fairness Act affirms the importance of this legislation for consumers, lawmakers, and the digital commerce industry,” said Sam Whitehorn, executive director of the Download Fairness Coalition.  “Working together, Congress has the power to resolve the uncertainty in the digital economy by protecting consumers from duplicative taxation. We appreciate Chairman Smith and Ranking Member Cohen calling a markup on June 28, and hope to see this legislation be put into effect quickly.”

Currently, there is no national framework that clearly identifies which state has the right to tax digital goods or prevent multiple jurisdictions from taxing the same transaction. The Digital Goods and Services Tax Fairness Act would create federal guidelines that prohibit multiple and discriminatory taxes on the sale or use of digital goods or services delivered or transferred electronically to a customer.

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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.

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