Democrats more likely than Republicans to favor taxing Apple iTunes Store downloads

“Democratic politicians in state capitols are more likely than Republicans to permit what critics are calling the ‘iTunes tax’–taxes on digital purchases of songs and movies. A CNET analysis of the states that tax digital downloads, such as those from the iTunes Music Store, shows that nine protax states have legislatures controlled by Democrats. By contrast, five of the protax states have Republican-controlled legislatures,” Declan McCullagh reports for CNET News. “New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine, a Democrat, proposed in his budget that ‘downloaded music and videos’ be taxed starting Oct. 1. The state tax agency expects legislation to be introduced in June.”

“Taxpayer advocates have criticized the trend toward increased taxation of downloaded media files,” McCullagh reports. “‘I’m sure that state and local officials, given enough time, will come up with a sky-is-falling study saying that if they’re not allowed to tax this, they’ll lose a trillion dollars a year,’ said Pete Sepp, vice president for communications at the National Taxpayers Union, a nonpartisan group that advocates lower taxes… Sepp also argues that digital downloads are already being taxed. He says that anyone connecting to the Internet through dial-up, DSL or a cable modem is already paying telecommunications taxes; anyone with an iPod paid sales taxes on it; companies offering downloads are paying property taxes; their stockholders are paying dividend or capital gain taxes; their employees are paying income taxes.”

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  1. Typical liberals. Tax and spend, tax and spend…it never ends. As for “tolerance,” the only damn thing liberals and Democrats are tolerant of is their own misguided agenda.

  2. Match the people (Rush Limbaugh, Winston Churchill, Ronald Reagan, John F. Kennedy) to the quotes below:

    1. “Republicans believe every day is the 4th of July, but the Democrats believe every day is April 15.”

    2. “If you’re not a liberal at 20, you have no heart, and if you’re not a conservative at 40, you have no head.”

    3. “An economy hampered by restrictive tax rates will never produce enough revenues to balance our budget just as it will never produce enough jobs or enough profits… In short, it is a paradoxical truth that tax rates are too high today and tax revenues are too low and the soundest way to raise the revenues in the long run is to cut the rates now.”

    4. “No nation ever taxed itself into prosperity.”

  3. Tergenev: Reality Translation:
    “Republicans are more likely to fight to defend America than Democrats and are willing to stand up to terrorists and rogue state threats – despite the continual derision/assault of Democrats and liberals.”

  4. First off, this is a tech info site, not a political site, I suggest that you keep as far away from politics as possible, especially given the current political climate. Read ‘Democrats Suck’ above. Whether you all like it or not, taxes are a requirement in any organized civilized country, it is not the taxes that are the problem, but the fact that the people spending the tax dollars, read government, have little respect for the value of that dollar we put into the system. I don’t know anyone, Republican or Democrat, who would directly send their hard earned, after tax dollars, to fight the war in irax, build a bridge to nowhere in alaska, or any other pork project. But without at least some of our tax dollars being spent effectively, we would not have roads, water, sewers, electricity, velcro, or these cute little computers we all play with. If you are really upset about something our local, state, or federal governments are doing with your tax dollars, do something about it. But don’t complain, whine, and throw rocks without a purpose. That only purpetuates the situation we are all in currently. I agree our current system must change, but let’s work together positively to solve it and not disparage anyone just because you don’t want to spend the energy or take the time to do it.

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