Tell Congress to Permanently Ban Internet Access Taxes
We think that Internet access should be tax-free – forever – and we need your help in asking Congress to make that happen. There’s been a temporary ban on Internet access taxes since 1998, but it’s expiring on December 11th, 2014. Join us in telling Congress that the Internet is an essential part of our everyday lives, and that a permanent extension of the ban on Internet access taxes is extremely important to keeping the Internet available and affordable for all.
Two bills have been introduced in Congress that would ban Internet access taxes and protect consumers from multiple and discriminatory taxes on e-commerce. Together the Permanent Internet Tax Freedom Act (H.R. 3086) in the U.S. House of Representatives and the Internet Tax Freedom Forever Act of 2013 (S. 1431) in the Senate will permanently extend the existing ban on Internet access taxes.
The proposed legislation:
- Prevents Internet access taxes at the state and local levels.
- Prevents state and localities from imposing multiple and discriminatory taxes on Internet commerce.
- Ensures only one state can tax each transaction.
- Prevents online sales from being taxed at a rate higher than in-person sales.
Add your name and tell Congress to permanently ban Internet access taxes!
My ability to go online is vital to me, and I know many of my fellow Americans agree. That’s why I’m encouraging you to support legislation that would permanently make Internet access tax-free.
I recently learned about the Internet Tax Freedom Act, which was originally passed in 1998 to impose a temporary moratorium on certain taxes that could have a detrimental effect on the continued expansion of Internet use in the U.S. While I understand it has been extended on a few occasions, the current version is set to expire on December 11th of this year.
Please don’t let that happen.
Internet access taxes can be a barrier to adopting this valuable tool. This is particularly troubling in light of the extremely high rate at which other communications services are already taxed:
1) Telephone and voice services are taxed at more than 17% on average.
2) Cable and video taxes are about 12% on average.
3) The average sales tax is only 7%.
The Internet Tax Freedom Forever Act of 2013 (S. 1431) in the Senate and the Permanent Internet Tax Freedom Act of 2013 (H.R. 3086) in the House would do a number of good things, such as:
1) Prevent Internet access taxes at the state and local levels.
2) Prevent state and localities from imposing multiple and discriminatory taxes on Internet commerce.
3) Ensure only one state can tax each transaction.
4) Prevent online sales from being taxed at a rate higher than in-person sales.
Without ITFFA/PITFA, the state and local taxes on other communications services could be expanded to Internet access, increasing the cost of service. The FCC National Broadband Plan says that cost is the largest barrier to consumer broadband adoption.
As my elected official, I urge you to support a permanent extension of the Internet tax moratorium.
Thank you for your time and consideration of this important matter.
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