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Download Fairness Coalition Praises House Judiciary Subcommittee for Holding Hearing on H.R. 1643, the Digital Goods & Services Tax Fairness Act

WASHINGTON, June 3, 2015 – Yesterday, the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Regulatory Reform, Commercial and Anti-trust Law held a hearing to explore state nexus issues, including H.R. 1643, the Digital Goods & Services Tax Fairness Act. Following its conclusion, Sam Whitehorn, Executive Director of the Download Fairness Coalition, released the following statement:

“On behalf of the Download Fairness Coalition, I would like to first thank Chairman Marino, Ranking Member Johnson, and the members of the subcommittee for holding the hearing today and including H.R. 1643 among the issues that were discussed. It is also important to recognize full committee Chairman Goodlatte, Ranking Member Conyers, and all of the members of the subcommittee for their interest and participation at today’s hearing. We encourage their support for this crucial legislation as it continues to move through the committee process.

“The bill is an important contribution to how our country will continue to grow the digital economy, and what the rules of the road are for consumers, states, and others. We greatly appreciate and thank Jot Carpenter, Vice President of Government Affairs at CTIA – The Wireless Association, for testifying on behalf of the coalition. Mr. Carpenter made the case for the Digital Goods & Services Tax Fairness Act, highlighting the need for congressional action to ensure that digital goods and services are taxed in a fair, uniform, and transparent manner. Our tax code is in dire need of updates to reflect today’s digital age, and Mr. Carpenter underscored the need for the clarity, as well as the benefits it would provide to consumers, providers, and the states.

“Millions of Americans participate in the digital economy every day, and I would like to urge the committee to continue its consideration of the bill expeditiously, and thus help protect this young, but vital, sector of the economy. We look forward to continuing our work with the committee and securing 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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