60 Plus Statement on the Digital Goods and Services Tax Fairness Act

Senior citizens may be late to the digital party, but they are using new communications technologies such as smart phones and broadband Internet like never before. They have come to rely on this new technology to stay informed, keep in touch, and access the things they care about and need the most.

Strengthening and protecting this personal relationship seniors have built with technology is paramount, which is why the 60 Plus Association, with more than 7.2 million senior supporters nationwide, is thankful for the introduction of the Digital Goods and Services Tax Fairness Act in both houses of Congress.

With the passage of this bill, seniors will no longer be forced to deal with the confusing maze of multiple and often discriminatory taxation that often occurs within various jurisdictions with the purchase of digital items. By setting a national framework, taxes levied on digital purchases will be more transparent, fair, and easily understood.

We thank Senate Commerce Committee Chairman John Thune (R-SD), Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR), House Science, Space, and Technology Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-TX) and Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN) for this important, bi-partisan effort to protect seniors and all Americans in the digital marketplace.