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Connecticut Considering Angry Birds Bill


Connecticut is considering qualifying digital downloads as taxable.  The bill, SB 400 “…introduced by the General Assembly’s Finance, Revenue and Bonding committee,” makes “…a digital product that grants the purchaser a right or license to use, retain or make a copy,” of the product taxable in the state of Connecticut.

According to Representative Patricia Widlitz, Committee Co-Chairwoman, this is an effort to “level the playing field” and enable brick and mortar stores a “…chance to compete with online service[s].”

Rep. Widlitz acknowledges that more and more of the population are moving to using digital downloads for books, music and other applications, however, she still feels that “[y]ou can download an e-book or you can go to a bookstore and buy the same book and pay the state sales tax.” However, consumer Diana Miner, a senior at Conard High School in West Hartford says, “People like e-books not because they're cheaper, but because they're easier. They don't buy them to avoid the tax,”

Kelley Miller, an attorney with Reed Smith LLP in Philadelphia says, “The taxation of electronic goods and services is probably the fastest-growing new tax that’s been imposed in the last five years.”

Governor Malloy’s spokesman, Andrew Doba says that they are not supporting any new tax increases at this time, and this bill would be considered a new tax increase. According to NBC Connecticut, “[a]bout 25 states around the country have already begun taxing digital downloads.”

Phonearena.com encourages their readers to "...shout out if you...don't want to pay 6.35% on top of your next Mighty Eagle purchase, when you get stuck in an Angry Birds level."

Testimony for and against the bill was heard this morning. To read the transcripts, click here.

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Susan McLain
Avalara Author Susan McLain
Susan McLain began her career as a technical writer in technology industries such as satellite networking and medical devices. Her skills encompass technical and marketing writing, usability engineering, verification and validation testing and protocol writing, requirements development, business analysis, technical illustration/graphic design and marketing. She has owned her own business providing service to small to medium sized business and in other positions, she has been in project management, documentation and marketing. She is currently the content specialist for Avalara helping to “make sales tax less taxing.”