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Friday, April 14, 2006

16 States Impose iTunes Tax

CNET News reports that 15 states and the District of Columbia impose iTunes taxes -- taxes on digital purchases of songs and movies:

Alabama
Arizona
Colorado
Hawaii
Idaho
Indiana
Kentucky
Louisiana
Maine
New Mexico
South Dakota
Texas
Utah
Washington
West Virginia
Washington, D.C.

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Comments

Get over it and grow up. Taxes are a fact of life. You are going to be taxed on everything you purchase. The internet is no exception. It's just like buying in a store or over the phone. A purchase is a purchase no matter how you slice it. And who ever told you the internet was free? Do you think all those computers and wires and routers were free, and people who install maintain and operate them work for nothing?

Posted by: James | Apr 15, 2006 11:23:03 PM

I'm in Arizona, and they've been charging taxes on the songs for over a year now. Does that mean I am going to illegally download songs or go back to buying CDs? No.

Posted by: Rebecca | Apr 15, 2006 9:10:33 PM

Its just another attempt of the govt to squeeze money from the otherwise free internet. Its just killing them to see us use it and not collect a tax on it.. We're gonna start seeing this sort of thing, until the internet is so taxed that none of us will be able to use it. we gotta stop them.

Posted by: Mark! | Apr 15, 2006 12:56:28 PM

How does itunes determine where you are? If they use the mailing address, then you can just change what state is in your profile. They could use your billing address, but then that's not really legit. Just because you're billing address is in one state, doesn't mean you're making the purchase from there. An example would be college kids, who often use their parents credit card. These kids might be out of their home state, so shouldn't be charged the tax...

Posted by: Mark | Apr 15, 2006 9:00:11 AM

looks like i'll be going back to illegal downloading...

Posted by: Upset Citizen | Apr 15, 2006 7:52:55 AM

It is a purchase. What the hell. Still- storm the palaces and burn the ruling class or you're a poosay.

Posted by: fred lebder | Apr 15, 2006 3:20:59 AM

Sounds like bullshit to me.

Posted by: Trey | Apr 14, 2006 10:59:45 PM