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Monday, June 30, 2014

30 Diverse Organizations Support Internet Tax Moratorium

The group includes: The Southern Christian Leadership Conference, the Hispanic Leadership Fund, National Coalition on Black Civic Participation, U.S. Black Chambers, Inc., the Latino Coalition, National Association of Neighborhoods, Women Impacting Public Policy, League of United Latin American Citizens, National Black Chamber of Commerce, Minority Media and Telecommunications Council, National Hispanic Council on Aging, U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and the National Caucus and Center on Black Aging, Inc. (source infra)

Ban Internet Taxation, Says Diverse Group to Hill | Politic365: "A bi-partisan group of multicultural stakeholders united in asking congressional leadership to permanently extend the moratorium on Internet taxation by passing the Permanent Internet Tax Freedom Act (H.R. 3086) and the Internet Tax Freedom Forever Act (S.1431). In a letter addressed to Congressman Bob Goodlatte, Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, Senator Ron Wyden, Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, Congresswoman Anna Eshoo, Ranking Member of the House Communications & Technology Subcommittee, and Senator John Thune, Ranking Member of the Senate Commerce Committee, the group petitioned Congress to pass the twin bills prior to the August recess to avoid any uncertainty that may arise around Internet taxation should the current ban expire on November 1, 2014...."

Wide Support for Internet Access Tax Moratorium: "The Internet Tax Freedom Act of 1998 was designed to promote the growth of the Internet by placing a moratorium on state and local taxation of Internet access and the creation of discriminatory taxes on emails and other data. The moratorium is set to expire in 2014, but two proposals being considered in Congress, the Senate’s Internet Tax Freedom Forever Act and its companion bill in the House, the Permanent Internet Tax Freedom Act, would permanently extend the ban on Internet access taxes. Neither of the bills being considered or the moratorium exempts Internet sales from general state sales taxes. Making the Internet access tax moratorium permanent is a necessary step in promoting wider access to the Internet while keeping the cost down and eliminating discriminatory taxes. As the Internet has become one of the driving forces behind economic growth across the United States, ensuring affordable access for businesses and consumers is crucial. An online petition sponsored by calling on Congress to permanently ban taxes on Internet access has drawn over 44,000 signatures...."

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