DOWNLOAD FAIRNESS COALITION APPLAUDS CONGRESSMEN LAMAR SMITH AND STEVE COHEN
WASHINGTON – Yesterday, Representatives Lamar Smith [TX-21] and Steve Cohen [TN-9] – along with cosponsors Spencer Bachus [AL-6], Steve Chabot [OH-1], and Howard Coble [NC-6] – introduced the Digital Goods and Services Tax Fairness Act of 2013 (H.R. 3724) to create a national framework to guide different jurisdictions on how they can impose taxes on digital transactions, ensuring these transactions are not taxed multiple times. The following statement should be attributed to Sam Whitehorn, Executive Director of the Download Fairness Coalition:
The Download Fairness Coalition applauds Representatives Smith, Cohen, Bachus, Chabot, and Coble for introducing this important legislation.
Currently, state laws governing sales and use and other transaction taxes are outdated and not able to address the complexities that arise in today’s e-commerce economy. This legislation – along with identical legislation already-introduced in the Senate by Senators Wyden and Thune – brings us closer to establishing a national framework guiding how state and local taxes can be imposed rationally and fairly on the digital economy. As the digital economy continues to grow, such a framework will ensure consumers are never subject to the nightmare scenario where someone downloading a single app or song could be taxed multiple times for the same product by competing jurisdictions. But not only does this legislation protect consumers, it also ensures that this thriving sector of the economy continues to grow, generating billions of dollars for small businesses and entrepreneurs while creating jobs.
We look forward to working with Congress in the months ahead to ensure this important issue continues to move forward.
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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