Connecticut wants to levy a sales tax on app downloads in its turn
0. phoneArena 15 Mar 2012, 10:37 posted on
Connecticut's sales tax rate is 6.35% and the cash-strapped state wants to levy it against your digital downloads, too, such as music, E-books and, gasp, smartphone apps...
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1. c.hack (Posts: 491; Member since: 09 Dec 2009)
I used to work for the State of CT. I loved the 35 hour work week.
2. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 3736; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)
Ohh, I thought it was known as the great state to Patheticut.
3. StanleyG88 (Posts: 51; Member since: 15 Mar 2012)
If I downloaded eStuff on my smartphone, how do they know do they know if I was in the state or not? Even if the cell tower was in CN, I could have been in an adjacent state. It will be up to them to PROVE I was in their state when I made a purchase with my phone.
4. androidsbiggestfan (Posts: 76; Member since: 09 Aug 2011)
They would have to do it by GPS location I would think.
6. downphoenix (Posts: 2266; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)
Sales tax should be abolished if you ask me. Its a tax on middle/lower class people moreso than the rich. I rather would just pay higher income taxes and everyone else do the same, so that we are paying proportionately what we are supposed to.
12. rfrapp (Posts: 77; Member since: 10 Jun 2010)
You realize that paying higher income taxes would also effect poor people too, right? How about we have less taxes, then everyone can go out and spend more money, which will then help out the economy.
16. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
wow, way to penalize people that work. your on the exact opposite. Sales taxes are the only thing that doesnt punish people. income taxes are designed to socialize the system and "spread the wealth" If we were on a sales tax only system, there would be no income tax or corperate tax, which would bring millions of jobs back to the US from the tax savings.
The rich would pay more in sales tax then they do currently in income tax since there would be no tax breaks or loop holes. When they go buy a ferrarri or new mansion or yacht, they would pay that sales tax on it.
The best part.. if you went to a retail sales tax only system, you would get rid of all the embedded taxes in every product we buy, before WE get taxed on it. The cost of goods would go down about 20% automatically. A 23% sales tax would be enough to fund the government at its current levels, so your only seeing a 3% sales tax. And if you dont tax the basic nesessities like food and cheap clothing, the poor will still not pay any taxes, unless they decide to go buy flat screens and cars (like most welfare people)
The Fairtax, you should look it up and educate yourself.
5. PAPINYC (Posts: 2171; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)
I don't live in Connecticut (although, I'm too close for comfort) but, a tax on digital downloads would make me move out-of-state if I did. Again, don't we pay enough in FCC charges, surcharges and government taxes as it is to support Public Assistance and Welfare Programs?
I hope Michael Bloomberg and Charles Schumer don't get the bright idea to follow in Connecticut's footsteps; they are always looking for Revenue Streams.
I say get rid of any politicians looking to increase taxes.
8. skymitch89 (Posts: 1015; Member since: 05 Nov 2010)
That's just a horrible idea. I could see if they were to go into a store or something to buy a special code that would allow them to download special apps or ebooks or something like that, but to charge for digital downloads off the internet? That's just crazy!! That would in turn make a $.99 app from the App Store would be more like $1.05 after taxes are imposed. I'm not really sure how Apple would feel about someone trying to tamper with the prices within one of their products.
11. JunitoNH (Posts: 834; Member since: 15 Feb 2012)
Consider this, Ct is one of the most over taxed state in the union.
1. one of the highest gasoline tax .49/ per gallon
2. highest property tax
3. sales tax 6.35%
4. we have a state income tax
5. high property tax, including auto taxes
6. If you live in the city, you have to pay a poop tax to water authority
7. high utility cost - e.g. average electric bill about $229/month
I can go on, but anyway, not surprised they are proposing this. Next oxygen taxation.
13. TKFox007 (Posts: 303; Member since: 02 Nov 2010)
I hear you on that, I live in this God forsaken state too.
14. TKFox007 (Posts: 303; Member since: 02 Nov 2010)
They would go by the the zip code your credit card is attached too