House votes to ban internet taxes permanently2015-06-10 10:05 by Daniela
The U.S. House of Representatives has passed a bill to permanently ban state and local taxes on Internet access. The bill was passed by voice vote. A temporary form of this bill has been in place as a tax moratorium since 1998, and is set to expire on October 1, this year.
The Permanent Internet Tax Freedom Act would prohibit states from taxing Internet access such as taxes on bandwidth or email, for example. This means that state and local governments that already had Internet taxes would no longer be able to collect them.
Retail groups have been fighting for years for approval of online sales taxes, but lawmakers have resisted because of potential complications with collecting the tax.
The bill has been passed to the Senate.
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