New Jersey launches ‘iTunes tax’ on video, music downloads

“Get ready New Jersey, as of Sunday the state’s increased sales tax is expanding to more items, including downloads and tattoos,” WABC-TV reports. “As part of a sales tax increase, from 6 percent to 7 percent, which was approved in July, the state’s tax will be extended to various items.”

“New Jersey Governor Jon Corzine [Democrat] proposed the increase to help close a projected $4.5 billion budget deficit, but the increase was opposed by many state Democrats in the state legislature. That dispute led to a shutdown of the state’s government, which was later resolved,” WABC-TV reports. “The state’s 7 percent sales tax will be expanded, including… downloaded music and video.”

New Jersey’s tax-happy lawmakers didn’t stop there. Lucky NJ residents will now get to pay expanded taxes on shipping and handling charges, flooring and carpeting installation, storage space, tanning, massages, data processing, limousines, health, shopping and other club membership fees, parking garages and lots, non-clothing cleaning services, landscaping and more.

Full article here.

Related articles:
Democrats more likely than Republicans to favor taxing Apple iTunes Store downloads – April 13, 2006
‘iPod tax’ proposed for online music downloads – March 10, 2005
President Bush signs Internet tax moratorium into law – December 03, 2004


  1. Under consideration for future taxes are flossing, coin flipping, eye rolling, swallowing, anything involving string, lubrication, paper cuts, standing in one place for more than three seconds, excessive ear hair, high fiving, random stuttering and pregnancy cravings.

  2. hey, “no one has…,” while I think this is stupid, at least tax-and-spend makes fiscal sense on paper, unlike your Glorious Leader’s borrow-and-spend approach.

    Personally, I’d be all for smaller government. And strangely, it looks like the Dems are actually the party of smaller government these days. True conservatives should be appalled at the current GOP.

    Now, back to talking about Macs.

  3. While I feel for the good people of New Jersey, it sure makes me happy to live in a state where the Democrats have virtually no power whatsoever. Their solution is always to tax everyone to death…

  4. Let’s be fair to Jon. He inherited a MASSIVE problem when he took over as Govenor….of course he was in the State Senate so had a hand in creating the problem as well. While he did propose a plan to raise taxes, the plan also cut spending.

    That said, I do not live in NJ and my condolences go out to anyone that does! Ugh.

  5. We here in Kentucky have been paying $1.05 for each 99¢ song download from iTunes for a long, long time. They were tax free for about a month or two after the iTMS opened and then started having taxed added on. Don’t most states now charge tax on iTS downloads?

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