Laws, Regulations & Annotations

Business Taxes Law Guide – Revision 2018

Sales and Use Tax Annotations

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Annotation 295.0743


295.0743 Unlock Code Fee. A taxpayer sells CD-ROM disks which embody software programs. The purchaser of the disk has access only to certain programs on the disk, but may examine demonstrations of other software on the disk. The taxpayer has an "800" telephone number which the purchaser may call and pay a fee to obtain an unlock code for access to other programs on the disk.

The transfer of the disk is considered a sale of tangible personal property. The payment of a fee to obtain access to a portion of the disk is a further payment for use of the disk. Tax applies to the charge for the unlock code. 5/2/95.