Monday, August 24, 2015
States may or may not succeed in levying sales taxes on
Internet vendors located outside their borders, but that doesn't
mean they haven't been successfully looting other areas of the
electronic frontier. According
to Fortune, cloud services, such as Netflix, are increasingly
In July, Chicago enacted a "Cloud tax" which placed a levy on Netflix, Amazon, and other streaming services. Netflix says that its services are now taxable "in roughly half of U.S. states and certain municipalities," according to the WSJ. [bold added]I'd seen the earlier story linked in the excerpt, but it didn't mention the fact that so many states were already taxing (or ready to tax) Netflix. The above link also details the latest effort to revive the so-called "Marketplace Fairness Act" in Congress, discussed in the first link.