State and local governments have been forbidden from taxing Internet access — apparently forever — according to a bill passed in the House on July 15. This measure was a response to updating the Internet Tax Freedom Act of 1996, which had a extension passed in 2007 and was on the verge of expiration.
House Judiciary Chairman Rep. Bob Goodlatte explained that the bill “prevents a surprise tax hike on Americans’ critical services this fall. It also maintains unfettered access to one of the most unique gateways to knowledge and engine of self-improvement in all of human history.
Unfortunately, it is expected to be joined with the Marketplace Fairness Act when it heads to the Senate. That abominable piece of legislation was passed in May 2013; it’s merely a back-door way for states to add additional levies on their citizens under the guise of leveling the playing field, while simultaneously adding undo burden to businesses by expecting compliance with multiple tax jurisdictions. Read more about the Marketplace Fairness Act here.
As for the Internet Tax, it’s a bill to keep track of as it moves through Congress