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New York Govenor Proposes Download Tax

New York Gov. David A. Paterson speaks during a press conference after a lunch meeting with U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) and U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton at Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in January in New York City. Paterson has proposed a tax on Internet downloads in a move that has raised eyebrows because it could apply to everything from software to pornography.

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Magna Farta3216d ago

....that the first time I bought Wii points off the Wii Shop it asked me what County I lived in, only to have it charge me f**king sales tax.

That anything I buy off PSN is charged f**king sales tax.

Any politician can take their download sales tax and shove it right back up their asses where it came from. Where I live now, in IL, my county's sales tax is a whopping 8.25%, up from 5.75% just a few years ago. That means that any new PS3 game I buy is effectively $65 after tax. Hell...my PS3 alone generated over $50 in TAX!

Where's this money going? When I got my driver's license back in 1999, Getting a title for a car in IL was about $70, and the vehicle stickers were about $20 a year. Now, a title will run you at LEAST $200, and a vehicle sticker runs $80 PER CAR, per year.

It supposedly generated Billions of dollars that the state never had before, so why are our budgets out of whack? They claimed the increases were to "fix the roads", yet every winter, a new pothole shows up that effectively decreases my car's value in dollars by the double digits everytime I run over the damn thing, yet the next year...there it is, getting bigger and deeper until a full grown human being gets lost in there, never to be seen again.

Any di*khead politican who wants to tax my internet had better be ready to earn it by kissing my thoroughly unwiped ass....on camera.

Okay, maybe not so much that last part but I had to laugh after a rant like that.

resistance1003216d ago

To be fair they are quite small percentages for TAX compared to what we pay in the UK.

However here in the UK tax is added before (at a standard rate of 15% across the country). Which is why products seem more expensive in the UK compared to the US (before the pound crashed), when in actual fact when you add on the tax to the US product the final price isn't that high

Tsalagi3216d ago (Edited 3216d ago )

The tax rate is 9.75% in Tennessee (we don't have an income tax) plus what ever the local tax is makes buying digital downloads expensive. For example, to buy a 800 MS point arcade game it would cost me $15.62 (to buy 1000 MS points). If i were to get taxed again to download the game it would run me $17.82 (if the same tax rate as the sales tax rate was used for downloads) for an 800 MS point arcade game.

socomnick3216d ago

I live in Chicago, I think our sales tax is something like 10 percent. :(.

AuToFiRE3216d ago

only 10%? WOW ours just went DOWN to 13%

BaSeBaLlKiD7213216d ago (Edited 3216d ago )

whopping 8.25%?? lol its always been 8.5% here in NY

i always pay $65 for new games

White-Sharingan3216d ago

ahh I remember when Puerto Rico didnt have sales tax

then we got 1% tax

and now we have 7% ;\

UltimateIdiot9113216d ago

No, it varies within NY. Buffalo is about 8.75% while NYC is about 8.375%. So I hate buying stuff from Buffalo due to higher tax.

IdleLeeSiuLung3216d ago

New York is only the state I know of that also only forces e-tailers located out of state to charge sales tax. There was a big thing about this with newegg.com not to long ago. Wonder what happened?

UltimateIdiot9113216d ago

Yeah, basically all big e-tailers are force to charge NY tax. Obviously that didn't go too well with Amazon and Newegg since a huge amount of customers are from NY. Anyway, they try to fight it in court but was shot down. Newegg was losing way too much business from NY, so Newegg decided to cover the tax on themselves.

SaiyanFury3216d ago

Taxing downloads on top of everything else. I guess they want to infringe on peoples' freedoms even more now. The US is supposed to be a free country. How free can we be when even our downloads are getting taxed? I don't like to bring politics to this game-focused site, but liberal spending has to get it's funds from somewhere, even from people who download software legitimately. I'm against this as it's a tax on people who are legitimate downloaders. They already pay taxes, why add a tax on something as simple as downloading? Leftist government has to get it's money from somewhere, why not from the average person? This focus is wrong and people should not have to pay for it with their tax dollars.

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pwnsause3216d ago

this is such a bad idea.

XGRaViSmOrSX3216d ago

welcome to NY.

our politicians like to throw ish on a wall and see what sticks.

pwnsause3216d ago

yea, i know, same old same old. i hate bloomberg as well.

UltimateIdiot9113216d ago

This governor is terrible, all he has done is tax everything he can and cut everything important like eduction and healthcare. My tuition went up like crazy and will continue to go up because of this d**che bag. It's bad enough games cost $60 and getting tax on amazon.

XGRaViSmOrSX3216d ago

better yet is all the cops getting their jobs cut in NYC so mayor bloomberg can have his fcuking bike lanes and all kinds of other bullshit the city doesnt need.

maybe if he took some money out of his cauffors and spread it around ny/nyc wouldnt be crying broke and making bullshit taxes such as these.

mirroredderorrim3216d ago

I agree, bro. This guy can't even see straight, let alone give a solid reason for taxing Downloads.. I dunno, though.. with the recent economical decline, states are looking for ways to make more revenue, so this can be looked at from both ways..

I come from California, and you may know California's situation.. so don't be surprised if you see some articles pertaining to California trying to tax Downloads too.

FantasyStar3216d ago

Compared to California, New York sounds great right now.

shqype3216d ago

I suppose the reason Patterson can't see straight is because he's blind. Duh.

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