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Download Fairness Coalition Applauds Introduction of the Digital Goods & Services Tax Fairness Act in the House of Representatives

WASHINGTON, March 26, 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 would like to congratulate Congressmen Lamar Smith and Steve Cohen on the introduction of the Digital Goods and Services Tax Fairness Act (H.R. 1643), and to thank Congressmen Chabot and Franks for joining them as original cosponsors. This bill has now been introduced in both the House and Senate (S. 851), bringing us one step closer to protecting millions from being charged duplicative and discriminatory taxes as they engage in 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 increasing.

Digital goods and services represent one of the most dynamic and vibrant sectors of the economy. This sector must remain that way. The legislation introduced today by Reps. Smith and Cohen, along with the Senate companion bill, would help to ensure this by providing both consumers and states with certainty regarding a framework to tax digital products, should a state choose to, in a fair manner.

Millions of Americans participate in the digital economy every day, and this is a crucial step to protect this young, but vital, sector of the economy. We look forward to working with the sponsors and other members of Congress to secure passage of this important legislation 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.

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