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Americans for Tax Reform on the Introduction of the introduced the Digital Goods and Services Tax Fairness Act

Kelly William Cobb, government affairs manager of Americans for Tax Reform and executive director of StopETaxes.com, made the following statement:

“The Wyden-Thune bill rightly prevents multiple states from taxing the same downloaded song, movie, or book as it travels across the Internet to a consumer.  It means if the good is taxed, it happens once and only once.  Wyden-Thune ties the hands of revenue-hungry state and local governments by not allowing them to double or triple tax the digital equivalent of a CD or book you’d buy in a store.

“The Digital Goods and Services Tax Fairness Act means that if states want to tax your downloads, elected officials will be held responsible for that vote.  No state lawmaker should be looking to raise taxes right now, but quietly behind the scenes, bureaucrats at state Departments of Revenue are enacting taxes on digital goods with zero accountability or public awareness.  Wyden-Thune puts a stop to it and ensures the public knows when government wants to raise their taxes.

“States spending themselves into the red should be looking for places to cut, not looking to raise taxes on downloads.  Wyden-Thune provides clarity and simplicity, ensuring state and local governments don’t tax digital goods in a discriminatory and burdensome way.”

Read more: http://www.atr.org/senators-unveil-bill-prevent-discriminatory-digital-a6140#ixzz1MBN77jVY