Resolution Opposing the State Video Tax Fairness Act of 2011 (H.R. 1804)
|Sunday, October 23, 2011 at 12:00 AM
WHEREAS, states have authority to impose and collect taxes and fees on multichannel video programming distributors (MVPDs) should they choose to do so; and
WHEREAS, states have exercised this authority in various ways, in some cases by establishing a system of tax parity among MVPDs, and in other cases a system of preferential tax treatment for certain MVPDs; and
WHEREAS, it is up to a state to determine the extent to which, if at all, various MVPDs are taxed; and
WHEREAS, the State Video Tax Fairness Act of 2011 (H.R. 1804) would interfere with state tax authority over MVPDs activities within their borders; and
WHEREAS, the State Video Tax Fairness Act represents a case of the federal government picking “winners and losers” by mandating a policy of unequal taxation.
NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that The Council of State Governments opposes the State Video Tax Fairness Act of 2011 (H.R. 1804); and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that a copy of this resolution be sent to appropriate members of Congress and executive officials.
Approved on October 23, 2011 at CSG’s National Conference in Bellevue, Washington.