Pennsylvania has just implemented a six percent sales tax that will apply to digital downloads, such as audiobooks and e-books. Residents will now have to pay more money when they buy content from Amazon, Apple and Google.
State officials believe that the added sales tax will bring in close to $47 million a year, when it goes into effect on Monday. Pennsylvania currently has a $1.3 billion deficit and if they manage to generate significant revenue other cash ridden states are sure to adopt taxing digital downloads.
Michael Kozlowski is the Editor in Chief of Good e-Reader. He has been writing about audiobooks and e-readers for the past ten years. His articles have been picked up by major and local news sources and websites such as the CBC, CNET, Engadget, Huffington Post and the New York Times.