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Download Fairness Coalition Urges President Obama to Protect Consumers

January 23, 2012

Contact: Lindsay Murphy

(202) 715-7853


Download Fairness Coalition Urges President Obama to Protect Consumers

Enact legislation to provide clarity on digital goods and services taxation


“In his State of the Union address tomorrow, President Obama will likely focus his priorities on ways to turn around the economy and create jobs. We would urge the President to take a look at the Digital Goods and Services Tax Fairness Act as one way to help provide stability to the new economy.


“Our nation’s economic growth depends on a stable business environment to promote the growth of new and innovative technologies like digital goods and services, which have continued to see positive growth despite the hard economy. The lack of federal guidance regarding the taxation of digital downloads, overlapping and confusing tax jurisdictions threaten to stall this important industry. Multiple or high taxes on digital products may prevent consumers from buying these products and hurt small businesses that are trying to survive during this prolonged recession.


“The Digital Goods and Services Tax Fairness Act (DGSTA), clearly identifies which state has the right to tax digital goods and prevents multiple jurisdictions from taxing the same transaction. This bipartisan solution can solve this problem and should be enacted now.


“The President should make this piece of legislation a priority in the upcoming year. America’s economy has the ability to grow and thrive in the digital world; now it’s time our laws allow us to be.”

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. For more information visit our web page at dfc01.wpengine.com.