® Applauds House Judiciary Committee for Moving H.R. 1860, the 'Digital Goods & Services Tax Fairness Act'

Jun 28, 2012, 15:27 ET from

WASHINGTON, June 28, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --, a national, nonpartisan wireless consumer advocacy group, expressed its support for today's action by the House Judiciary Committee, which marked up and favorably reported out of Committee the 'Digital Goods and Services Tax Fairness Act.' This bipartisan legislation establishes a "national framework" for how the growing digital marketplace should be fairly taxed by states and localities.


More than ever before, American consumers are using wireless to purchase and download digital goods and services, such as apps, music and ringtones, movies and TV episodes, e-books and video games. Currently, there is a patchwork set of rules at the state and local level determining how digital goods are taxed. Only Congress has the constitutional authority to establish a clear and fair way to tax this rapidly growing sector of the economy.

"On behalf of the millions of American wireless consumers, we'd like to thank Judiciary Chairman Lamar Smith (R-TX) and Representative Steve Cohen (D-TN) for taking up this issue and establishing some sensible and fair rules of the road when it comes to digital commerce," said Amy McLean, Director of Advocacy Communications for "We hope that the bill moves swiftly through the House of Representatives and the Senate so that people are no longer subjected to the threat of multiple and discriminatory taxes for using their wireless device to buy a digital product."

The house legislation has a bipartisan companion bill in the Senate, S. 971, that is currently gaining support in the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance.® is a nonpartisan non-profit national advocacy organization, made up of wireless consumers, businesses and community leaders from around the country, supporting reasonable pro-consumer and pro-taxpayer wireless policies.