HOW IT WOULD WORK

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution - - FROM PAGE ONE - SOURCE: GE­OR­GIA HOUSE OF REP­RE­SEN­TA­TIVES RU­RAL DE­VEL­OP­MENT COUN­CIL

A pro­posed 4 per­cent tax on all dig­i­tal, phone and TV ser­vices would re­place a va­ri­ety of ex­ist­ing sales taxes and fran­chise fees cur­rently charged on ca­ble TV rev­enues and phone sub­scrip­tions. The com­mu­ni­ca­tion ser­vices tax would cover stream­ing video and other in­ter­net down­loads that cur­rently aren’t tax­able.

NEW TAXES

■ Stream­ing ser­vices such as Net­flix, Ama­zon Prime Video and Hulu

■ E-books or au­dio­books down­loaded from Ama­zon and Audi­ble

■ Mu­sic pur­chased from Spo­tify and iTunes

■ Video games

■ Dig­i­tal pho­tos, news­pa­pers and mag­a­zines

ELIM­I­NATED TAXES

■ Fran­chise fees of 5 per­cent on ca­ble TV rev­enue

■ Fran­chise fees of 3 per­cent on land­line phones

■ Sales taxes of at least 7 per­cent on land­line phones, cell­phones and broad­band equip­ment

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