Digital goods and services legislation considered in U.S. House

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On May 12, 2011, U.S. House Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith introduced legislation (H.R. 1860, the "Digital Goods and Services Tax Fairness Act of 2011") that would "ensure that States and political subdivisions thereof do not discriminate against providers and consumers of digital goods and digital services by imposing multiple, excessive and discriminatory taxes and other burdens on such providers and consumers." The bill was the subject of a hearing on May 23, 2011, in the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts, Commercial and Administrative Law, and is cosponsored by the Subcommittee's Chairman (Rep. Howard Coble) and its Ranking Member (Rep. Steve Cohen).


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