Legal Issues

by Mike Masnick

New Jersey Moves Forward On Plan To Tax Internet Downloads

from the sad,-but-true dept

With local governments whining and complaining about how they're "losing" all sorts of money thanks to their inability to tax VoIP and other new internet-related activity, you know that trouble is brewing. Over in New Jersey, for example, it looks like they're moving forward on a plan to tax plenty of new things -- including internet downloads. If passed, that $0.99 song from iTunes will start costing $1.05 instead, sending it over the "magical" $1 line. It certainly has all the makings of an urban legend, but apparently it's for real this time. New Jersey isn't even being very original. The state of Wisconsin has been considering the same thing. Of course, what's missing from these discussions is any explanation for why the state of New Jersey should be able to collect taxes on something that has absolutely nothing to do with the state.

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    Chomper, Jun 22nd, 2005 @ 7:08am

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    Cos' in New Jersey, we have a bunch of dumb liberals who don't know how to balance a budget or be honest.

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    Magnanimous Coward, Jun 22nd, 2005 @ 7:24am

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    The only way I can see NJ collecting this is if they ask people to pay it voluntarily.

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  3. identicon
    Victor, Sep 28th, 2005 @ 11:43am


    I really don't care who loses money over what. If I'm in a business and I see my earnings start to drop, I would tend to think that I should change my tactics or something. Not go out and start taxing anything and everything so that I really don't have to do any work. And what is the problem with free things anywas? Why does it that everyone has to make $4 Million a year? I'd be happy with $80,000 a year [which is still a lot but you know what I mean]. This is just insane.

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