If the powerful trade group the Recording Industry Association of America has trouble tracking down thousands of people who illegally download audio files from the Internet, no one told the Iowa state legislature.
The Quad City Times reports that the Iowa Senate recently approved an "iPod tax," which would collect a tax on all digital downloads based on the honor system. The honor system means that consumers would pay the state immediatley after loading their latest iTunes purchase onto their iPods. Do they really think that enough people will voluntarily cough up even more money just to stay on the right side of the law?
Iowa legislators think that songs, cell phone ring tones, software, audio books and any other electronic downloads, should be taxed just like brick and mortar stores, and the insueing "iPod tax" is the result of all that brain power under one roof.
All twenty Republicans voted against it, including Sen. Jeff Angelo, R-Creston, who said the bill is proof that government will tax anything.
"This tax is impractical. It's unenforceable. And it's highly unpopular," Angelo said.