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Legislature Considers Taxing Downloads

Downloading books, movies, games, apps and songs might get a little more expensive.

The Connecticut Legislature is considering a new way to boost revenues: putting a tax on paid downloads. If the proposal passes, e-Books, songs on iTunes and downloadable video games would be subject to a 6.35 percent sales tax.

According to NBC Connecticut, “Supporters say the bill would level the playing field for brick-and-mortar retailers in the state who are already required to charge Connecticut sales tax to consumers who purchase these products in their stores.”

The Entertainment Consumers Association, a lobbying group for the video game industry, has come out against the bill and is urging people to contact lawmakers.

“Connecticut gamers, take a moment to tell your representative not to tax our hobby! Senate Bill 400 would implement a tax on digital downloads and would make it more expensive to enjoy video games,” wrote the group on its website. “Let the Connecticut legislature know that this is not the right way to aid an economic recovery, and not the way to represent their constituents.”

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