They may not know it, but Wisconsin is poised to become the first state to tax downloads on the Internet. The download tax, referred to by some as the iPod tax, hidden away in Wisconsin Governor Jim Doyle’s proposed budget, would tax the downloading of books, movies, artwork and songs (hence the nickname “iPod tax”).
“It’s a matter of equity” said Wisconsin Revenue Secretary Mike Morgan.
But Republican representative Scott Jensen said of the Democratic Doyle’s download tax plan, “Unlike Gov. Doyle, I want to encourage electronic commerce. As the budget process moves forward, I will be working to push the ‘delete’ button on Gov. Doyle’s iPod tax.”
Heh. iPod tax. It is indeed a nice sound bite.
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Public hearings on the Governor’s proposed budget, including the tax on downloading, are set to begin on Wednesday in Watertown, Wisconsin. (Wisconsin readers listen up! Attend those hearings if you feel strongly one way or the other about this!)
According to one source a summary of the download tax proposal says that it would “extend the 5% sales tax to “audio works,” including music, books on tape and pre-recorded speeches; “audiovisual works,” including movies, music videos and live events; “finished artwork,” including paintings, designs and photographs; and “literary works,” including books.”
Morgan, however, explained that the tax on downloading would simply “level the playing field” between those who download and consumers who purchase such products at local stores which contribute to the Wisconsin economy.
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