Who has the authority to tax digital purchases such as downloads of music, literature, movies, mobile apps and software? That seemingly simple question has yet to be resolved, and consumers are increasingly at risk of paying multiple taxes to different jurisdictions for the same digital transaction. A new proposal in Congress would change that. To […]
Researchers at the Children’s Nutrition Research Center at Baylor College of Medicine have dealt another blow to the case for taxing sugar-sweetened beverages (SSB). The new study, published earlier this month in Current Nutrition Reports, found that “the evidence supporting [a] relationship between SSB consumption and child body mass index (BMI) is consistently small and […]
The latest bad news in consumer taxes is suitably framed against a backdrop of by terrorist and hacker disruptions and by disappointments from automobile recalls, excessive drug prices and the chronic bickering over how to increase income taxes. During 2016, governments decided again to impose higher taxes on our innocent and productive uses of wireless […]
This op-ed co-authored by Steve Pociask and Alan Daley discusses the consumer, economic and environmental benefits of broadband Internet services, and why these Internet consumer services should not be taxed. To read the article, visit Forbes online.
There may soon be another source of taxes, as Congress may let the Internet’s protection lapse, chilling the next wave of Internet evolution. Internet access service was protected from taxation under the Internet Tax Freedom Act (ITFA) and its predecessors. That protection was extended until Dec 11, 2015. If Internet access is not given permanent […]
Up for vote in the House tomorrow is a bill introduced earlier this year to make the ban on Internet taxes permanent (H.R. 235 or the “Permanent Internet Tax Freedom Act”). The tax moratorium was first passed in 1998, creating a 15-year ban on the taxation of Internet access. The bill has been continually extended […]
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is contemplating a new universal service program that would subsidize broadband services for low-income consumers, and it is looking to use its Lifeline program, which currently subsidizes low-income telephone service consumers, as the model to follow. However, a closer look at the history of the billion-plus Lifeline program shows a wasteful […]
ACI’s Alan Daley and Steve Pociask wrote a piece on the Prince George’s County cellular phone service tax proposal. If these end-user taxes are enacted, it will make the county the second highest cell tax jurisdiction in the country at a whopping 26%. To read the piece, visit The Gazette.
Pennsylvania Consumers love their smartphones and the associated applications that deliver better access to health care, delightful entertainment, informative news and communications with our family and our friends. Perhaps most revered are the work-related applications that improve productivity and well-being. The future is bright – the growing sophistication of applications will further tighten consumers’ reliance […]
As part of Florida’s budget, Governor Scott proposed to cut the cell phone and TV tax rate by 3.6 percentage points. When approved by the Florida Legislature, the tax cut will save Floridians $470 million annually. These services are taxed at 9.17% for cell phone and cable TV and 13.17% for satellite TV services – […]