- The Washington Times - Monday, April 17, 2006

Reporter and journalism coach extraordinaire Al Tompkins of Florida’s Poynter Institute offers an insight into something “extra” that can be loaded onto your iPod the next time you buy an album online. He calls it the “iTunes Tax”:

If you live in one of 15 states, and you download music from iTunes, you owe your state sales tax on top of the price of the music. Until now, though, many states have not enforced the so-called iTunes Tax. However, given that a billion dollars’ worth of music was downloaded in 2005, what was once a relatively insignificant issue is no longer small. Check with your state’s revenue department to see how aggressively they are trying to collect…

Tompkins points out this piece from C/Net, which discusses the affected states.

If you live in an affected area and want to do something about this, it would appear that now is the time.

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