Bipartisan Bill Would Keep the Internet Tax-Free

By August 7, 2013Taxation

With congressional gridlock at an all-time high, it is refreshing to see lawmakers from both sides of the aisle working together on critical issues aimed at keeping America strong — like reducing the tax burden on manufacturers. Just before adjourning for the August recess, Sens. Ron Wyden (D-OR), John Thune (R-SD), and a bipartisan group of 15 Senators did just that by coming together to introduce legislation to keep Internet access permanently free from taxation.

There is no question that the Internet is a vital tool for U.S. manufacturers to effectively operate in the global economy by providing an efficient means for communicating with employees, managing suppliers, and delivering information, products, and services to customers. Congress has stepped in three times since 1998 when the original Internet Tax Freedom Act — a moratorium on internet taxes — was enacted to keep this driver of modern-day commerce tax-free. Yet, the clock is once again running down on the existing ban on internet access taxes, which expires on November 1, 2014.

Without congressional action to extend the moratorium, billions of Internet users could face new levels of unforeseen taxes if states and other jurisdictions decided to tax Internet access to generate revenue. The Internet Tax Freedom Forever Act (S. 1431) would not only extend the moratorium, but permanently bans internet access taxes for businesses and consumers alike.

NAM urges Congress to quickly consider S. 1431 so that manufacturers will have the certainty needed to leverage new technologies, innovate, and grow in the digital age without facing additional tax burdens from internet usage.

Christina Crooks

Christina Crooks is Director, Tax Policy for the National Association of Manufacturers, where she is responsible for providing NAM members with important updates on tax policy, pensions, and corporate finance and management issues and representing the NAM’s position on these issues before Congress and the Administration. Within the NAM tax policy portfolio, Christina focuses on the R&D tax credit and tax extenders, and serves as the Executive Secretary for the R&D Credit Coalition and a leader in the Broad Tax Extenders Coalition.

Before joining the NAM, Crooks served as senior manager of government affairs for Financial Executives International, where she advocated on behalf of the association’s membership of senior-level business executives on tax, corporate treasury, pension and benefit issues. Previously, she worked as a legislative assistant to Rep. Michael Castle (R-DE), a senior member of the House Committee on Financial Services. Christina handled financial services issues for the Congressman during consideration of the Dodd-Frank Act, and also worked on small business and judiciary issues. Christina earned a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Delaware and a M.A. in Political Science from American University.

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