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NTU Salutes Senators for Proposing "Download Tax" Safeguards

For Immediate Release July 25, 2013
Douglas Kellogg, (703) 683-5700
Pete Sepp, (703) 683-5700

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Today the 362,000-member National Taxpayers Union (NTU) offered praise to Senators John Thune (R-SD) and Ron Wyden (D-OR) for introducing the Digital Goods and Services Tax Fairness Act. The legislation, which NTU has endorsed in previous Congresses, would establish sensible limits the ability of states to tax items such as apps and music downloads.

NTU Executive Vice President Pete Sepp said:

"The Digital Goods and Services Tax Fairness Act would be another step toward protecting Americans from predatory tax policies. As we've noted before, the dizzying rise of music downloads, mobile-phone apps, and other digital products has left some state and local tax officials giddy over the prospects of higher revenues. Given that consumers can now be charged taxes from several jurisdictions on the same purchase (e.g., from the state where the seller’s server is located, from the state where the customer’s phone bill is sent, from the location where the consumer downloads the item), it is perfectly legitimate for Congress to establish boundaries for these practices. We look forward to securing swift passage of pro-taxpayer safeguards that will also give our digital economy a firmer foundation on which to thrive."

Learn more about NTU's past support for the Digital Goods and Services Tax Fairness Act HERE.