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Several Tax Bills Being Considered on the Hill

E-commerce retailers and wireless companies are teaming up to lobby Congress to simplify the taxation process for digital goods, such as MP3s, e-books, mobile apps and games. Working with various industry groups, the companies are supporting legislation that would simplify the tax code for digital items…. Among the online taxation bills being considered by Congress […]

Appetite for Digital Goods Pushing Mobile Payments Skyward

The total value of mobile payments of all types worldwide will surge from US$240 billion this year to $670 billion by 2015, Juniper Research predicts. This covers mobile payments for digital and physical goods, money transfers and near field communications (NFC) transactions. Read more.  

RI lawmakers mull tax on music and video downloads

Music lovers downloading the Beatle’s “Taxman” will have to shell out a few extra pennies in Rhode Island under a proposal to tax music and video downloads, ringtones and digitally delivered software. Consumers would pay a 7 percent tax when purchasing online content if the proposal passes. More than a dozen states already tax digital […]

Cohen-sponsored measure eyes rules for taxing digital sales

WASHINGTON — Tennessee and Mississippi are among 13 states that have enacted sales taxes on digital goods and services, but a bill co-sponsored by U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Tenn., would ensuer that such digital sales are not double-taxed or taxed at a higher rate than their tangible counterparts.   At a hearing on the legislation […]

Download Fairness Coalition Applauds House Judiciary for Hearing on Digital Goods and Services Legislation

The Download Fairness Coalition applauds members of the House Subcommittee on Courts, Commercial and Administrative Law for holding a hearing this afternoon on H.R. 1860 the “Digital Goods and Services Tax Fairness Act of 2011.”   “We applaud Congress’ swift action on this important piece of legislation,” said Sam Whitehorn, Executive Director of the Download […]

Nation’s Oldest Taxpayer Group Backs Bipartisan Bill to Protect Consumers from Predatory “Download Taxes”

The National Taxpayers Union issued a statement today in support of the Digital Goods and Services Tax Fairness Act of 2011. “Americans deserve an insurance policy against predatory taxes on items they purchase through downloads, and the Digital Goods and Services Tax Fairness Act is the ideal tool for the task,” said NTU Executive Vice […]

MyWireless.org® Joins Legislative Push Seeking Ban for Multiple and Discriminatory State and Local Taxes on ‘Digital Goods and Services’

National wireless consumer advocacy group MyWireless.org® applauded Congress today for the introduction of bipartisan legislation giving consumers a break from potential multiple and discriminatory state and local taxes levied on purchases of digital goods and services. Brian Johnston, MyWireless.org’s director of advocacy said, “When you buy a book in a bookstore, a DVD movie or […]

Broadband for America Lauds Digital Goods & Services Tax Fairness Act Of 2011

Broadband for America (BfA)  released statements from its honorary co-chairmen former U.S. Representative Harold Ford, Jr. and former U.S. Senator John Sununu concerning the introduction of the Digital Goods and Services Tax Fairness Act of 2011: “It is a rare piece of legislation which has both House and Senate Democrats and Republicans working off the […]

CTIA-The Wireless Association® Statement on Digital Goods and Services Tax Fairness Act of 2011

CTIA-The Wireless Association® President and CEO Steve Largent released the following statement: “CTIA and the wireless industry appreciate the leadership of Senators Wyden and Thune and Congressmen Smith and Cohen for introducing this legislation as a way to stop the discriminatory taxes and fees on consumers who purchase items via the Internet. It makes no […]

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...