States want to tax iTunes, other digital downloads
NetChoice, a "coalition of trade associations" including Yahoo, VeriSign, and eBay — and which I take from its K Street address in D.C. to be a lobbying group — is taking a clever tack to steer state governments from implementing a tax on digital media downloads: cloak downloads in green.
From The Iconoclast
"With global warming and a world that's running out of oil, the last thing governments should do is add taxes on something that uses no oil and produces no carbon," said Steve DelBianco, executive director of NetChoice. "A digital download is the greenest way to buy music, movies, and software, since it requires no driving to the store, no delivery vans, and no plastics or packaging."
Works for me, if only because I have no desire to pay any additional sales tax, an opinion bolstered by only personal parsimony.
If you'll pardon anecdote masked as data, I will say this: ever since New York State started charging sales tax on Amazon purchases I've made considerably
fewer transactions with Amazon. Perhaps that's a good thing in the end.
States may tax iTunes, other digital downloads
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