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Support H.R. 3086 During Markup

Letters to Officials

June 17, 2014

U.S. House of Representatives
House Committee on the Judiciary
Washington, D.C. 20515

Dear Committee Member,

On behalf of the more than one million members and supporters of the Council for Citizens Against Government Waste (CCAGW), I ask you to support H.R. 3086, the Permanent Internet Tax Freedom Act, during the committee’s June 18 markup, and push for its passage prior to the August recess.

In 1998, the Internet Tax Freedom Act placed a moratorium on discriminatory taxes on the Internet and taxes on Internet access.  With wide bipartisan support, the Internet tax ban was extended in 2001, 2004, and 2008.  For 16 years, the ban on these inequitable taxes has benefited millions of Americans by enabling them to conduct transactions on the Internet free from worry about additional tax burdens.  With the current ban set to expire on November 1, 2014, it is now time to make this ban permanent.

One of the many problems with taxing the Internet is that when something becomes more costly, people will engage in less of it.  For example, today, nearly every business enterprise uses the Internet to communicate with customers, and share information about its goods and services.  However, the remarkable growth and future development of the Internet is threatened if the Internet tax moratorium is not extended.  Any new taxes on Internet access would also affect job seekers who may not be able to pay for these additional taxes, as most employers now require prospective employees to fill in their job applications online; households with children who are increasingly required to perform schoolwork online; those who prefer shopping online; and, individuals who connect with friends electronically.

Protecting users of the Internet from onerous new taxes is critical to continued job creation and economic growth.  H.R. 3086 has already received wide bipartisan support among your colleagues, and expediting its passage is critical in order to ensure that new taxes on the Internet are not imposed on November 2, 2014.  All votes pertaining to the Permanent Internet Tax Freedom Act will be among those considered in CCAGW’s 2014 Congressional Ratings.  

Sincerely,

Tom Schatz
President, CCAGW

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