The House Judiciary Committee approved a bill on Thursday
that would eliminate multiple and/or discriminatory taxes on digital goods and
The bill, the Digital Goods and Services Tax Fairness Act of
would limit taxes on digital goods -- music, movies and ebooks among them -- to
either the buyer or seller, and only in the state or jurisdiction of either's
"This bill prohibits states from imposing a higher tax
on digital goods and services than they impose on tangible goods and
services," said Committee Chairman and bill backer Lamar Smith (R-Texas).
"It also provides a uniform framework to determine where a transaction
that involves digital goods takes place."
"Today's markup of the Digital Goods and Services Fairness
Act shows that the House Judiciary Committee understands the importance of this
legislation for the protection of consumers, businesses and the competitiveness
of the United States in the global market," said the Download Fairness
whose members include the National Cable & Telecommunications Association,
as well as Comcast, Cox and Time Warner Cable.
"The national framework created by this Act will
provide much-needed parameters to states seeking to tax digital purchases by
clearly identifying which jurisdiction has the right to implement the tax, and
will clear the way for businesses to innovate thereby generating more products,
more jobs, and more economic growth," said the coalition. "We urge
House leadership to bring the Digital Goods and Tax Fairness Act to the floor
as soon as possible."
"Today, the House Judiciary Committee took an important step
to bring some clarity and consistency to the digital marketplace," said
CTIA: The Wireless Association.