Ban on net access taxes proposed

— 3:17 AM on April 1, 2003

As governments mull taxing Internet purchases, a bi-partisan group of US lawmakers is looking to make an existing ban on the taxation of Internet access permanent. C|Net reports:

The moratorium, first passed in 1998, prohibits "multiple and discriminatory" taxes on Internet traffic. That means states, counties or other jurisdictions may not tax Internet access fees or Internet traffic.
The politicians behind the proposed moratorium extension are eager to distance their cause from the growing debate on Internet sales taxes, which only makes sense. I think just about everyone can agree that more expensive Internet access is a Bad Thing, but there's considerably more support an Internet sales tax that could help governments rake in loads of cash and help level the playing field for brick-and-mortar retailers.
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