TPA to Congress: Support H.R. 644 and Make the Ban on Internet Access Taxes Permanent!

Michi Iljazi

December 10, 2015

Taxpayers Protection Alliance is committed to seeing relief for taxpayers whenever victories appear to be sight, and lately taxpayers haven’t had too many victories. That could all change over the next few days as Congress considers legislation that will permanently extended the moratorium on Internet access taxes. On Friday, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 644, Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015 by a vote of 256-158.This legislation contains measures regarding our trade agenda, but it also contains a positive taxpayer provision, the “Permanent Internet Tax Freedom Act” (PITFA), which will forever eliminate any threat of tax increases for Internet access. PITFA will give millions of Americans the certainty they need on a looming tax increase that can finally be eliminated for good. The conference report contains language that will ban those online taxes nationwide permanently.  TPA and many other groups have been working and fighting for years to have the moratorium (which has been extended on a limited basis continually since 1998) made permanent. The Internet is critical to businesses, and working families that cannot afford any new tax increases, particularly one that would reach every jurisdiction in the country, which would amount to more than 10,000 different possible new increases around the country. Individuals and businesses use a number of tools to access the web, including smart phones, tablets, TVs, and computers; all of those mediums would be impacted by these new tax increases. E-commerce is paramount to growing our economy, and this is a tax that would absolutely damage the internet-based economy.

Here is an important refresher; the video TPA posted where folks from all over the country weighed in on what they thought Congress should about Internet access taxes.

Keeping all of that in mind, TPA joined a coalition effort led by the National Taxpayers Union on a letter sent to Congress urging them to support H.R. 644 and finally extend the ban on Internet access taxes nationwide, forever.

Read the letter below:

December 10, 2015

Dear Member of Congress,

On behalf of millions of members of our organizations, we strongly urge you to support the conference report to H.R. 644, the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015. While the bill’s primary subject matter pertains to trade, it also contains a critical pro-taxpayer provision that all Members of Congress should support – a permanent ban on Internet access taxes.

Since 1998, the federal government has prohibited states and localities from imposing such taxes. This has helped Americans from all backgrounds gain access to the Internet. The economic and educational benefits of this policy are vast and immeasurable. It is long past time to make permanent the ban on Internet access taxes. We urge you to vote for H.R. 644 and oppose any procedural votes that would hinder enactment of the permanent Internet tax moratorium.

Sincerely,

Brandon Arnold, Executive Vice President, National Taxpayers Union
Phil Kerpen, President, American Commitment
Grover Norquist, President, Americans for Tax Reform
Andrew F. Quinlan, President, Center for Freedom and Prosperity
Wayne Crews, Vice President for Policy, Competitive Enterprise Institute
Jeffrey Mazzella, President, Center for Individual Freedom
Tom Schatz, President, Council for Citizens Against Government Waste
Katie McAuliffe, Executive Director, Digital Liberty
Hance Haney, Senior Fellow, Discovery Institute
Tom Giovanetti, President, Institute for Policy Innovation
Seton Motley, President, Less Government
Mike Wendy, President, MediaFreedom.org
Andrew Moylan, Executive Director and Senior Fellow, R Street Institute
David Williams, President, Taxpayers Protection Alliance
Berin Szoka, President, TechFreedom
Lisa Nelson, CEO, The Jeffersonian Project, An Affiliate of the American Legislative Exchange Council

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