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H.R. 1643 (114th): Digital Goods and Services Tax Fairness Act of 2015

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To promote neutrality, simplicity, and fairness in the taxation of digital goods and digital services.

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Sponsor and status

Lamar Smith

Sponsor. Representative for Texas's 21st congressional district. Republican.

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Last Updated: Mar 26, 2015
Length: 20 pages
Mar 26, 2015
114th Congress (2015–2017)
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced on June 17, 2015, in a previous session of Congress, but it did not receive a vote.

Although this bill was not enacted, its provisions could have become law by being included in another bill. It is common for legislative text to be introduced concurrently in multiple bills (called companion bills), re-introduced in subsequent sessions of Congress in new bills, or added to larger bills (sometimes called omnibus bills).


14 Cosponsors (8 Republicans, 6 Democrats)


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What legislators are saying

Judiciary Committee Approves Smiths Digital Goods and Services Tax Fairness Act
    — Rep. Lamar Smith [R-TX21, 1987-2018] (Sponsor) on Jun 17, 2015

Rep. Marino Releases Legislative Accomplishments for 114th Congress
    — Rep. Tom Marino [R-PA12, 2019-2019] (Co-sponsor) on Oct 5, 2016

Bipartisan Cohen-Smith Bill to Protect Consumers From Unfair Taxes On Digital Goods Approved by Judiciary Committee
    — Rep. Steve Cohen [D-TN9] (Co-sponsor) on Jun 17, 2015

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Mar 26, 2015

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Jun 2, 2015
Considered by Antitrust, Commercial, and Administrative Law

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Jun 17, 2015
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H.R. 1643 (114th) was a bill in the United States Congress.

A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the President to become law.

Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number H.R. 1643. This is the one from the 114th Congress.

This bill was introduced in the 114th Congress, which met from Jan 6, 2015 to Jan 3, 2017. Legislation not passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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