ATR Urges Senate to Ban Internet Access Taxes
Last week, on Thursday, Jan. 21, Americans for Tax Reform joined more than 40 organizations in a letter supporting Internet freedom. The letter, to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, expressed strong support for including the Internet Access Tax Ban in H.R. 644, the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act.
The internet is a necessity of modern life that must remain tax free in order for the economy to flourish.
Americans for Tax Reform is one of the over 40 organizations that signed the letter. In the past ATR President Grover Norquist has shown his support for keeping the internet tax free. Norquist stated in his own letter to the Senate “making the ban on Internet Access Taxes Permanent is a tremendous victory for all taxpayers. Thank you for including the Internet Tax Freedom Forever Act (ITFFA) in the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015.”
Digital Liberty Executive Director Katie McAuliffe has also previously released statements on the importance of keeping the internet tax free. McAuliffe stated, “legislators have actually held hostage a vote on the Internet Tax Freedom Forever Act. This legislation would make the current Internet Tax Moratorium permanent, ending any possibility of states taxing Internet access, and ensure that there are no discriminatory taxes on e-commerce. But the powerful interests have blocked the bill unless and until some kind of online sales tax is attached to it.”
Hopefully the letter sent to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid will show the strong bipartisan support for this issue.