Download Fairness Coalition Applauds Introduction of the Digital Goods & Services Tax Fairness Act in the Senate by Senators Thune and Wyden
Bill would safeguard millions of consumers as they make online purchases
MEDIA CONTACT: Max Rosen
WASHINGTON, October 11, 2018 – Sam Whitehorn, Executive Director of the Download Fairness Coalition, today released the following statement in response to the introduction of the Digital Goods and Services Tax Fairness Act:
“On behalf of the Download Fairness Coalition, we would like to congratulate Senators John Thune (R-SD) and Ron Wyden (D-OR) on the introduction of the Digital Goods and Services Tax Fairness Act (S. 3581). The reintroduction of the bill brings us one step closer to protecting millions of people from being charged duplicative and discriminatory taxes as they engage in digital commerce.
Digital goods and services are a vital part of the American economy that continues to grow rapidly. Approximately eighty-seven percent of Americans use the Internet for personal, professional, and consumer use. It is projected that by 2020, mobile apps alone will account for $189 billion in revenue. Hundreds of billions of apps, e-books, songs, and films have been sold, downloaded, and streamed, and the numbers are only increasing. Over one hundred and seventy-eight billion apps were downloaded in 2017, and from 2013-2017, there were nearly two hundred and eighty-five billion on-demand music streams.
Digital goods and services represent one of the most dynamic and vibrant sectors of the economy. This sector must remain that way. The legislation introduced today by Senators Thune and Wyden, along with the House companion bill, would help to ensure this by providing both consumers and states with certainty regarding a framework to tax digital products, should a state choose to, in a fair manner.
Millions of Americans participate in the digital economy every day, and this is a crucial step to protect this young, but vital, sector of the economy. We look forward to working with the sponsors and other members of Congress to secure passage of this important legislation in the 115th 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.