The cash strapped state of Connecticut wants to levy a tax against your digital downloads. This will effect your downloads of music, E-books, and hang onto your computer chairs.......smartphone applications. A bill introduced by the General Assembly's Finance, Revenue and Bonding Committee, would have consumers pay the state's 6.35 percent sales tax on any electronic transfer of a digital product. Rep. Patricia Widlitz, the committee's co-chairwoman, said the bill is intended to level the playing field for the state's bricks-and-mortar retailers. Widlitz goes on to say:

We're focusing on jobs and businesses. What we want to do is give our retailers the chance to compete with online service. We understand that this is how people, especially younger people, shop online.

About 25 states have begun taxing digital downloads, and according to attorney Kelly Miller "the taxation of electronic goods and services is probably the fastest-growing new tax that's been imposed in the last five years." There is some good news in all of this though. Connecticuts Gov. Dannel P. Malloy does not support the proposed legislation. Andrew Doba, Malloy's spokesman, said "We are not supporting any tax increases at this time." If you live in Connecticut and don't want to pay the additional 6.35% sales tax on top of your Beautiful Widgets purchase, head on down to the public hearing this Friday 10am at the Legislative Office Building in Hartford, Room 2E to voice your opinions.

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Source: Hartford Courant