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Connecticut Considers Taxing Digital Downloads

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    The cash strapped state of Connecticut wants to levy a tax against your digital downloads. This will effect your downloads of music, E-books, and (hang onto your computer chairs)... smartphone applications. A bill introduced by the General Assembly's Finance, Revenue and Bonding Committee, would have consumers pay the state's 6.35 percent sales tax on any electronic transfer of a digital product. Rep. Patricia Widlitz, the committee's co-chairwoman, said the bill is intended to level the playing field for the state's bricks-and-mortar retailers. Widlitz goes on to say:

    About 25 states have begun taxing digital downloads, and according to attorney Kelly Miller "the taxation of electronic goods and services is probably the fastest-growing new tax that's been imposed in the last five years." There is some good news in all of this though. Connecticut's Gov. Dannel P. Malloy does not support the proposed legislation. Andrew Doba, Malloy's spokesman, said "We are not supporting any tax increases at this time." If you live in Connecticut and don't want to pay the additional 6.35% sales tax on top of your Beautiful Widgets purchase, head on down to the public hearing this Friday 10am at the Legislative Office Building in Hartford, Room 2E to voice your opinions.

    Sound off with your comments and opinions.

    Source: Hartford Courant
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    Maryland just recently proposed this as well.

    If governments could manage their money a little more wisely, additional taxing of residents wouldn't be necessary.

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    I would have no problem paying that tax if they showed where they were making cuts to their budget. I do have a problem with the idea of "we don't have enough money, let's tax something."
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    Is technophobia a prerequisite for being a legislator?

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    Even more of a reason to move out of this state lol
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    Why shouldn't digital downloads be taxed? That's the problem with this country, no one wants to pay taxes but we want all the benefits a government provides.

    The proposed tax might cost you $.14 extra on your stupid app, it really won't kill you. Especially considering most apps are free in Android anyway.
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    I guess Ohio already does this cause I bought some 49 cent apps and got taxed. Not really a big deal to me

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    The reason they should not tax it is because they are already taxing your data service. next they will tax you for surfing regular websites... Or maybe streaming netflix. Sales tax is a state tax not federal. They supposed to only tax on purchases made with local vendors, buying an app might from a vendor in another country..
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    When I purchase a e-book from B&N I get charged sales tax for the state I live in, since that is where my account is setup.
    My question on states charging download sales taxes on apps is how do they determine who pays the tax. My phone is registered in Troy MI, but my legal residence is 1500 miles west; I have never changed my phone number. So, for an example, if MI passes such a tax, would I pay since my area code is 248?

    On the tax issue. I say stop raising taxes until the politicians can stop trying to redistribute my tax money to those too damn lazy to work...
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    There is nothing correct in your statement.

    1. Taxing your data and your app is no different than paying tax on your gas and your car and your paycheck to go to the store to buy the product you want and then pay tax on that too! They just removed the whole "need to drive somewhere" part. Otherwise it is the same thing.

    2. This IS about a STATE (Connecticut) raising taxes, NOT the Federal government. States lose TONS of money by those that purchase things online and don't get taxed. This reinforces stores moving to an online only format and (worse) moving out of the country/state to avoid specific tax laws. I'm not a tax expert, but obviously this isn't good for commerce within the US, takes away jobs (that would be used for those employed by the stores), etc. I understand the issue with purchasing apps "across state lines" but it seems everyone wants to complain instead of offer solutions for states to handle commerce within their own state. A simple "flat tax" across all states would be good enough...

    3. Are we all really complaining about $0.06 per $0.99 app?!

    4. I'm not pro-raising taxes, but it seems everyone wants something for nothing these days............
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    In Alabama, Music downloads from the market are taxed but Apps from the market are not. I would assume that books and movies would also be taxed. Sounds like they're only taxing what you could buy from a physical store.
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    I don't think anyone is complaining about $0.06. It's the principle that concerns people. If we don't stand up to this tax, then when do we stand up. Look at the tax on cigarettes. They claim that the tax is to make people quit. I've heard that in New York cigarettes are $12.00 a pack. They gradually increase the tax just enough so people complain, but won't quit. No one quits smoking over $0.06, or $0.25 and before you know it cigarettes are no longer $2.00 a pack, they're $12.00.

    The government relies on people like ^you saying "are you really complaining about $0.06."
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    So then you must be against paying sales tax? Perhaps you are against paying any kinds of taxes? Look, we've been paying sales tax on everything we buy...I don't see anyone crying foul when they buy a new tv and pay 110 bucks in taxes. Electronic media is still a purchase. It is still giving you ownership of something that is *sold*. This is just an example of the government moving at the pace of a snail and finally catching up to mainstream society and how we operate these days. The lead-in to this story is a bit skewed calling the state "cash strapped" - really? I'd be surprised if ANY state isn't cash strapped these days...25 states already do similar things, according to the real article linked in the first post.

    The simple fact is the government does NOT rely on me saying "are you really complaining about $0.06" - it relies on various forms taxes. Period. Yes there are limits to these and different people have different thresholds for what they deem fair. This is NOT a new tax, it is an adjustment to the way we live today - digitally. You've paid it in the stores before iTunes and other online music/gaming vendors were in existence...So now you don't go to the stores because it is convenient - but why should WHERE you buy it (online/in person) have any bearing on taxes?

    Just for the record I hate plenty of taxes too. I HATE personal property taxes - paying yearly for something I own and have already paid sales tax on is ludicrous! See, I can be reasonable too ;-)
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    Just another outlet for them to scam people. Yea, they don't have enough money...ok. Maybe because none of them really know what to do with the endless amounts of money they were given in the past, screwed everything up, and they just keep getting more n more jurisdiction and say on everything. These clowns in charge of "running" any type of govt is complete garbage. Maybe they should do their real job instead of trying to fix the BCS?? I Don't know, just a thought. Any kind of politician should in reality be tried for treason. They abuse every single form of power they r given. They screw up, no big deal, we'll Just cover their bill and mistakes, and give them more power to try n fix it. In closing, the people in charge r inadequately capable intellectually and ethically of represnting me or my best interests locally, nationally, and especially globally. This isn't Just about a digital download sales tax, its just another example of them abusing the.people they're supposed to be protecting. Good stuff.

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    The problem is that they are raising new taxes so that they don't have to cut budgets.
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    Listen, our country went to war with the world's superpower of the time, England, over a 4% tax. They considered that to be outrageous enough that it was the straw that broke the camel's back and they were willing to fight and die over it.

    Fast forward 250 years and here we are, the average American middle class person paying 50% of their annual income in taxes... Income at the Fed and State level, payroll taxes, property taxes, all sorts of other taxes... Realistically, all of us are working from January to July 1st without pay. The first 6 months of the year we work for free, just to pay for all of the taxes we will pay for that year.

    Only from July 1 to the end of the year do we get to keep what we work for.

    At some point you have to ask yourself, how much is enough? Why does government even have the right to tax anything and everything, whenever they want, and if they waste money they can just confiscate more? When does it end?

    Today, almost half of America doesn't pay income taxes. The burden of taxes keeps shifting more and more to a dwindling pool of workers. At some point, it has to stop. The government is doing all sorts of things that it has no business doing, whether we want them to or not, and they keep sticking us with the check. Enough already.
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    Couldn't agree more than I do right now brother. Let's just say that the people who founded this country, if they were alive today to see what its evolved into, they'd be disgusted. Ashamed. That all their losses of good men in the past were all for nothing. Govt should not be granted as much power as they have. Its really quite that simple. Anybody that doesn't see it that way really hasn't seen the whole picture.

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    I continue to hope for days gone by, when you'd tar and feather anyone who proposed a tax, and hanged anyone who actually got one passed. Give an inch, they'll eventually take a mile.
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    Most people don't see it that way though. They see what they were taught to see, that the government is good and needs to control everything from cradle to grave, and that your job is to do what you are told, go be a worker bee and pay your taxes and shut up, and let the politicians, who are much smarter than you, decide what is best for you.

    Of course they won't admit that or even realize that, but it is true.

    Government was supposed to provide basic infrastructure, national defense, things like that. The basic foundation to let people be free and live their own lives and do what we do best. But it has evolved, or devolved into a system where they get their hands into every facet of our lives, and charge us a tax for the privilege of doing so. They pit the have-nots against the haves so that we can sit there fighting amongst ourselves while the government robs us blind and laughs all the way to the bank while our freedoms keep going right down the toilet.
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    SquireSCA u r so right, I feel as if you're my long lost brother. Ur right, the majority of people in the world do exactly as you stated, not realizing that their actual life is being controlled and run for them. Realistically we should be forming militias at this very moment to take back what is rightfully ours... our lives, and all the decisions that we r naturally granted but Just being alive. It is that simple. Its extremely disappointing knowing I have to live in the world that is run by people who know nothing yet try to spread and preach and control everything. The problem is that most people don't realize they actually have a brain and to question things. Prime example of outta control govt? Sopa act they tried to pass.

    Look musicians and actors, I don't care about u, so don't let your bosses try to censor the ENTIRE INTERNET because your worthless crap gets pirated. Maybe do a better job and people will recognize it and gladly pay the price for what it is that they want. But to try to hold ISPs and search engines responsible for hosted links is criminal. They ought to be tried for treason like I said. They're undermining our entire civilization and most people Just stand by and accept it as fact, cuz they love media outlets or CNN or whoever to tell them what is right or wrong. Basically its politicians all repaying the favors to one another for getting them where they're at today.

    Edit: government is like Japanese drifting...they're not in control until they're out of control!!

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