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Download Fairness Coalition: e-commerce bill highlights need for consumer protection from duplicative taxation on digital goods and services

WASHINGTON – Today Senator Durbin reintroduced the Marketplace Fairness Act, a bill that addresses online sales tax collection. The following statement should be attributed to Sam Whitehorn, executive director of the Download Fairness Coalition:

“Today’s introduction of the Marketplace Fairness Act highlights the need for clarity for all tax policies around e-commerce. And, nowhere is uncertainty more prevalent than in the tax policies surrounding the purchase of digital goods and services.

“Unlike their tangible counterparts, digital goods can be sent to anywhere from anywhere, making tax policy extremely difficult. A consumer living in one state may purchase an MP3 from a company in another state while he is traveling in a third state. Today, consumers face a scenario where all three states may 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 are optimistic that this bill will again be introduced. As debate around the Marketplace bill continues, policymakers must ensure that protecting consumers from duplicative taxation on digital products remains a priority and that the focus of any legislation is to foster continued innovation and growth of e-commerce and a the app economy.”

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.

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