North Carolina’s News-14 reports that state legislators are considering a proposal to levy sales tax on digital purchases, including video games, music, movies and software.
Such a measure could bring as much as $12 million annually to state coffers. Like many other recession-plagued states, North Carolina is facing a large budget deficit.
Rep. Paul Luebke (D, left) told News-14 that taxing digital goods makes sense:
We used to think of everything in terms of being tangible. Nobody thought of how you could possibly download anything.
So if you buy a book in a bookstore, you’re going to have to pay sales tax on it. If you’re downloading a book from a book seller, you should have to pay sales tax on that as well.
As GamePolitics reported last month, New York is considering a similar measure.