An iPod Tax?!?!?!
Are they freaking serious?!?!?!?! In its proposed 2009-10 budget New York state has included an "iPod Tax" which if approved will charge an additional 4% tax on downloaded music and other "digitally delivered entertainment services."
In addition to this little gem, the budget also has tax hikes on gasoline, taxis, cable / satellite TV, cigars, beer, movie tickets, sports tickets, and health spas.
Like Coke? Too bad, the new budget contains a new 18% tax drinks containing less than 70% real fruit juice. It's supposedly being implemented to fight obesity, but I bet you a buck that it will be charged on diet soda as well. If they are only attempting to fight fat with this new tax and not line their pockets, I suppose New York residents will receive some sort of refund for every mile that they walk on their treadmills. It could be like the deposit system that forces people to recycle cans and bottles. We'll charge you 18% at the time of purchase, but refund you the money when you show us a receipt that you printed from your special treadmill. Good grief.
I don't care about these specific taxes because I don't live in New York, but I fear that it is representative of the sorts of tricks and trinkets that we are going to see the government, both state and federal, play on us in the future as declining tax revenue resulting from a sluggish economy is unable to pay for our massive government spending. Guys, stop printing money already. It's working stiffs like us who are eventually going to have to pay.
New York Gov. Proposes 'iPod Tax'