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07-26-2013 at 06:32 am - Michi Iljazi - Posted in: Digital Goods, Sen. John Thune, Sen. Ron Wyden, Senate, Taxes, Telecommunications, Wireless - 0 Comment

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The Taxpayers Protection Alliance (TPA) has been diligent in following activity in Congress dealing with internet taxation issues and there have multiple pieces of legislation that have caught our attention including the Marketplace Fairness Act in the Senate, which TPA opposes as it would dismantle proper limits on state tax collection authority while causing serious damage to electronic and interstate commerce. There is now good news on the fight against internet taxation as yesterday the Senate introduced a new bipartisan legislation in the Digital Goods & Services Tax Fairness Act of 2013, which would help protect consumers against a barrage of taxes levied on “digital goods and services on the Web, including downloads of TV shows, movies and apps as online purchases become more mobile.” The bill is authored by Senate Finance Committee members Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and John Thune (R-S.D.) and this is not the first time the due has attempted to bring about this type of legislation back in 2011. TPA is pleased to see that they have decided to take similar action this year, especially after the Marketplace Fairness Act  passed in the Senate.



Tax Day

This Tax Day, the federal government expects to rake in $945 billion in individual income tax payments from U.S. taxpayers. According to the Tax Foundation, the average American worked 32 days last year just to pay their income tax bill from Uncle Sam, and that doesn’t even include federal Social Security, Medicare or unemployment insurance programs, or any state or local tax burdens. As taxpayers across the nation rush to calculate their share of taxes and say a final goodbye to some of their hard-earned dollars, the same question crosses the minds of many Americans: “What is the government doing with all of this money?” Unfortunately, the answer is rarely anything useful, responsible, necessary, constitutional, valuable or meaningful.  With many states mandated to balance their budgets and many state legislatures reluctant to cut wasteful government spending, states and localities have recently begun going after the popular and fast-growing digital goods industry ("apps", song and movie downloads, and eBooks) as a source of new tax-revenue for their coffers.  The United States needs a national framework that would prevent consumers from being taxed more than once. This means more clarity for states and more protection for consumers.  So, in honor of tax day, The Taxpayers Protection Alliance has identified 10 outrageous federal expenditures that cost taxpayers dearly, while providing little benefit in return.



03-09-2012 at 08:46 am - David Williams - Posted in: Wireless taxes, Taxpayers Protection Alliance, Taxes, State, Local, Digital Goods, David Williams - 0 Comment

Many people may not know it but this week (March 4 through March 10) is National Consumer Protection Week (NCPW).  According to the official website, NCPW   “is a coordinated campaign that encourages consumers nationwide to take full advantage of their consumer rights and make better-informed decisions.”  There is no better to protect consumers than to safeguard them from the deluge of new and confusing taxes that confront consumers every single day. With many states mandated to balance their budgets and many state legislatures reluctant to cut wasteful government spending, states and localities have recently begun going after the popular and fast-growing digital goods industry ("apps", song and movie downloads, and eBooks) as a source of new tax-revenue for their coffers.



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