Digital Download Tax now in effect in Pennsylvania

Digital Download Tax now in effect in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvanians who download music, apps or games will be paying a little more in order to help balance the state budget.

Cigarettes aren't the only things that cost more as Aug.1. The "digital download tax" is also now in effect.

Pennsylvanians who download music, apps or games will be paying a little more to help balance the state budget. Some say it is just a sign of the times.

"The past few years, everything's just been going up," said Mohammad Hashimi, who was with friends playing Pokémon GO near the Reading Public Museum on Monday.

Pennsylvanians now have to pay a six-percent tax on most digital purchases, including e-books and subscriptions, music download and streaming services, video downloads and streaming services, online games and apps including add-ons, and e-greeting card services.

"I have no other choice," added Hashimi. "I'm still going to watch shows. Unless they give me something free, I'm not going to stop."

Some say the expansion of the sales tax isn't enough to stop their habits.

"For most of the apps are not that expensive, $3, and six-percent isn't a big hit," said Paul Morrison, who was also walking near the museum.

"If we're going to have to pay some money to get what we want, we're going to pay money to get what we want," Dan Zerbe replied when asked if the tax would change his habits.

Others say they'll be cutting back a bit.

"We won't use it as much then," said Lisa Hearn, who uses iTunes, Netflix, and Hulu.

Some say they'll stick with free apps only.

"I'll manage the ads, although the ads are getting a little bit more frequent, and it's kind of redundant to see the same thing over and over again," said Hy Lam.

There are some exemptions that apply to digital products, including online textbooks from or through accredited schools, newspaper and magazine subscriptions, the resale of digital products, and purchases by qualified charitable organizations.

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