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Legislature Considers Taxing Downloads

Downloading books, movies, games, apps and songs might get a little more expensive.

The Connecticut Legislature is considering a new way to boost revenues: putting a tax on paid downloads. If the proposal passes, e-Books, songs on iTunes and downloadable video games would be subject to a 6.35 percent sales tax.

According to NBC Connecticut, “Supporters say the bill would level the playing field for brick-and-mortar retailers in the state who are already required to charge Connecticut sales tax to consumers who purchase these products in their stores.”

The Entertainment Consumers Association, a lobbying group for the video game industry, has come out against the bill and is urging people to contact lawmakers to oppose it.

“Connecticut gamers, take a moment to tell your representative not to tax our hobby! Senate Bill 400 would implement a tax on digital downloads and would make it more expensive to enjoy video games,” wrote the group on its website. “Let the Connecticut legislature know that this is not the right way to aid an economic recovery, and not the way to represent their constituents.”

Saul Freedman March 20, 2012 at 03:49 PM
Right now, it's 1%, this proposal will increase the tax you pay now by 635%.
jim smith March 20, 2012 at 05:54 PM
dont worry, you pay SEX TAX only if some one wants to have SEX with you. Looking at your mug shot, you will be tax free for the rest of your life
Steven Johnston March 21, 2012 at 11:22 AM
The rep in hartford for Tolland is Bryan Hurlburt. He is a Democrat and he voted proudly for the tax increases this past year. Bryan is a great guy with a huge heart, unfortunately we need some-one in the legislature that will stop the madness and put an end to constant spending and taxing we are subjected to every year. I suggest we vote out all encumbents.
meowkats4 August 27, 2012 at 06:06 PM
I just hope everyone gets out and VOTES in this ELECTION Stop sitting at home in front of the TV watching Reality Shows, because the real reality is right here in Connecticut! Turn this STATE around! Get some new blood here! Get the lifers out of or legislature, send someone good to Washington. Get out and Vote!

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