Congress should permanently ban Internet taxes to protect innovation and online access for Americans

Originally posted here.

 

The Internet has been suffering a series of blows as of late.

Year-old reports of extensive Internet surveillance techniques carried out by the National Security Agency along with pushes from crony senators wanting to difficult our Internet shopping experience have been concerning the most observant amongst us.

Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) has introduced a bill proposing to institute a permanent ban on state and local taxation of Internet access and other discriminatory taxes. The Permanent Internet Tax Freedom Act, or H.R. 3086, would protect constituents from government taxation, according to Americans for Tax Reform President Grover Norquist.

In order to ensure taxpayers are protected, House members are being urged by Norquist, Digital Liberty’s Executive Director Katie McAuliffe, and the National Taxpayers Union to cosponsor and vote yes on this bill.

By making these restrictions permanent, lawmakers would also ensure businesses and consumers are permanently protected.

The unrestricted and competitive nature of the digital environment makes it one of the most relevant for those seeking to innovate today. Imposing restrictive taxes on online shopping should be considered a form of punishment.

The burdensome taxation would only accomplish what punishments usually accomplish overtime: absolutely nothing, especially because the kind of taxes some lawmakers would like to see imposed on consumers would not be later directed towards improving Internet services.

As it stands, Congress might consider the Permanent Internet Tax Freedom Act in the week ahead. The bill introduced by Goodlatte is cosponsored by 146 Republican and 82 Democratic representatives. According to NTU, a yes vote on this bill will be considered the official pro-taxpayer position.

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