Taxpayer advocate Grover Norquist makes Internet Tax Non-Discrimination Act top priority
WASHINGTON – Speaking today about the Senate\’s inaction on the Internet Tax Non-Discrimination Act (S. 150), which would extend permanently the moratorium on Internet access taxes, Grover Norquist reminded lawmakers of the very serious consequences of allowing the existing moratorium to expire Nov. 1st.
Failure to pass the permanent ban on Internet access taxes would devastate small business and non-profit organizations that rely on the Internet to communicate with customers and clients, expand their outreach beyond their local neighborhoods, and connect them with the world around them. Not passing a permanent ban will allow states and localities to tax any transaction conducted via the World Wide Web. This includes sending e-mail, checking stock quotes, or reading the local newspaper online. Not passing a permanent ban on Internet access taxes must be viewed as nothing short of a monumental failure of our elected officials.
Yesterday, Americans for Tax Reform announced that it will be "double-rating" the Senate vote in its biannual vote rating. Norquist has indicated it will be difficult, if not impossible, to receive the organization\’s "Friend of the Taxpayer" award for legislators who vote to allow states to stifle economic growth with Internet taxes.