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Download Fairness Coalition Applauds Reps. Boren, Thompson

WASHINGTON—The Download Fairness Coalition (DFC) today applauds U.S. Reps. Dan Boren (D-Okla.) and Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) for voicing their support for the Digital Goods and Services Tax Fairness Act. The bipartisan measure – S. 971/H.R. 1860 – was introduced in both chambers by Senators Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and John Thune (R-S.D.) and Reps. Lamar Smith (R-Texas) and Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.). On April 25, 2012, the Senate Finance Committee will examine several state and federal tax issues, including digital goods taxation.


“We are appreciative that Reps. Boren and Thompson have voiced their support for the Digital Goods and Services Tax Fairness Act,” said Sam Whitehorn, executive director of the Download Fairness Coalition.  “The leadership and initiative that has been shown by these Representatives and their fellow Members of Congress who support the bill affirms its importance for the protection of consumers and businesses.”


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. For example, if you live in Massachusetts and make an online purchase of an app in Maryland, and the company from whom you bought the app has their servers located in a Colorado, any or all of those states could lay claim to the right to tax your purchase.


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.


“A national framework will also provide much-needed certainty to states seeking to tax these purchases by clearly identifying which jurisdiction has the right to implement the tax, and clearing the way for businesses to innovate; which will generate more products, more jobs, and more economic growth,” said Whitehorn.  “It will be a win-win for all stakeholders.”


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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