House Attempts to Make Internet Tax Ban Permanent

taxThe House of Representatives this week voted to make permanent a ban on taxing Internet access that has been in place for nearly two decades.  The Permanent Internet Tax Freedom Act (H.R. 235) had bipartisan support and easily passed. 

In a joint statement, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), the chief sponsor of the legislation, and key cosponsors Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-CA), Rep. Tom Marino (R-PA), Rep. Steve Chabot (R-OH), and Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN) applauded the advancement of the bill and remarked, “The American people deserve affordable access to the Internet and the Permanent Internet Tax Freedom Act will help prevent unreasonable cost increases that hurt consumers and slow job creation.”

The ban on taxing Internet access has been in place since 1998, but to avoid a sunset, it has needed renewal at various points.  The most recent extension of the ban came late last year and extended the moratorium until the end of this coming September. 

The House passed a similar permanent ban bill last summer. However, the legislation died in the Senate when it was drawn into a battle over a more controversial bill focused on the collection of state government online sales taxes.  That debate is unresolved, so the future of the Permanent Internet Tax Freedom Act this year remains to be seen. 

By Aaron Mercer, Vice President of Government Relations

Published: June 12, 2015

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