Smart Phones, Dumb Tax Policy

“Smart phones, dumb tax policy” is how Senator Wyden from Oregon began the discussion about the messy patchwork of excessive and discriminatory wireless taxes that exist in states and localities across the country. Wyden and his colleagues on the Senate Finance Committee held a hearing I attended on Capitol Hill this morning to talk about the implications of tax reform and how it relates to state and local tax policies.

Two of the bipartisan bills that we’ve been strongly advocating for, the ‘Wireless Tax Fairness Act’ and the ‘Digital Goods and Services Tax Fairness Act’ were a big part of the discussion among the Senators and the experts they brought in to testify.

All agreed on the need for Congressional action to provide a clear framework for how consumers should be taxed when it comes to their wireless service and their digital purchases. I was encouraged by the strong support the Senators expressed for these pro-consumer pieces of legislation. Next stop: consideration by the full Senate.

For more information on today’s hearing, check out our press release on the subject.

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