David Paterson, Governor of New York clearly isn’t out to make any friends in 2009 as he has announced the possibility of so-called “iPod tax” which will see tax being added to downloadable music. The move comes as New York is hoping to clear up part of the states largest deficit, ever.
Downloads have previously gotten away tax-free as they were intangible, but now the Governor has requested that the download market is hit with the tax just like other musical formats. And just when the Internet providers were hoping to control the flow of illegal downloading.
Apart from the iPod tax that the New York governor hopes to introduce, there are also hopes to bring in tax on cinema tickets, taxis, cigars, massages and wine. The plan is also to bring Cable and Satellite television into the tax bracket as well as clothes that are under $110 that were previously exempt from tax issues.
“This is where we are. Maybe we should have thought about this when we were depending on what we thought was inexhaustive collections of taxes from Wall Street – and now those taxes have fallen off a cliff,” said Paterson.
Paterson went on to explain how he didn’t care if the new proposition made him any new friends or not, saying, “The other day somebody threw a pair of shoes at President Bush. At the end of this budget presentation, if that’s the most severe punishment I get, I’ll sign for it now.”
Plans are also in place to help tackle the obesity problem in America which will see taxes placed on sugary drinks like Pepsi and Coca Cola. The new taxes will aim to cut down the consumption of the drinks by five per cent by raising $404 million in the following fiscal year.
Acting deputy secretary for Health and Human Services to the governor, Joe Baker, wanted to highlight the harm that the sugary drinks were supplying to consumers. “People don’t really realize the amount of calories they’re ingesting through liquids. They say, ‘Oh, it’s just a drink.’”
Obviously, the American Beverage Association doesn’t have anything kind to say about the tax, claiming that the move was being seen as unfair and that there were plenty of other fatty foods that were to blame for obesity.
The American Beverage Association announced that, “There is no science or logic that justifies it. Rather, we need to focus on promoting balanced eating habits and more physical activity. Until we get our kids exercising more the scales will be tipped against our next generation.”
The news has been met with outrage all around the world. Most people understand that as soon as New York start taxing downloadable music, and it brings in a nice new income for the country, then we will start seeing it throughout the rest of the world and soon the whole planet will be forced to pay stupid amounts of tax for the simplest things like thoughts and dreams. Can’t wait.