FYI>>[ALERT] Tell Congress NO Internet Access Taxes
carl william spitzer iv
cwsiv_2nd at JUNO.COM
Tue Jul 1 08:57:23 MDT 2003
ISSUE: According to Wired News (wired.com), if a coalition
of congressmen has its way, the government's temporary
moratorium on Internet-access taxes could soon become perma-
This week, a House of Representatives committee is expected
to consider a proposal that would bar states from imposing
levies on Internet service, but would not affect their
ability to collect sales taxes.
HR 49, the Internet Tax Nondiscrimination Act, introduced by
Rep. Christopher Cox (R-CA), would make permanent a morato-
rium the congressman initially introduced in 1998. The
current ban is set to expire in November.
Cox urged support for the measure, backed by more than 30
other representatives, noting, "The average American does
not need new taxes, especially on their Internet access."
A strong motive in keeping the ban is to prevent the Inter-
net access business from becoming like the phone industry,
where consumers are forced to pay hefty fees and taxes on
top of their regular bills, Cox staffers said.
In addition to the House bill, two senators, Ron Wyden (D-
OR) and George Allen (R-VA), also proposed legislation with
the same title in the Senate (S 52), to make the Net-access
tax ban permanent.
ACTION ITEM: This is just one effort to resist the inevi-
table urge of politicians to somehow tax the Internet -- but
it's a good start.
Go to our site below NOW to send a message directly to your
Congressman and Senators, and ask them to support the Inter-
net Tax Nondiscrimination Act:
NOTE: There are Congressional efforts in the works to
impose several new taxes on the Internet that we'll be
letting you know about. Be sure to forward this e-mail to
everyone you know who wants to start resisting those efforts
today. Thank you!
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