Earlier this week, the National Taxpayers Union released new poll results that show 83 percent of Americans support a permanent ban on taxing Internet access. As these strong results suggest, support is consistent throughout the country and across the aisle. All four regions of the United States registered an approval rating of 80 percent or above. In addition, 87 percent of participants age 55+ and 79 percent of the 18-to-34-year-old demographic supported a permanent ban on Internet taxation.
And it’s not just individual Americans that support the ban. Manufacturers also are strongly behind the Internet Tax Freedom Act (ITFA). A tax-free Internet has helped spur investment and innovation in the development of our nation’s broadband networks. Manufacturers increasingly rely on the Internet for their business operations and competitiveness in the global economy. Passage of a permanent moratorium would ensure continued growth and investment in broadband infrastructure.
In the coming weeks, the Senate is expected to begin debate on a legislative package that includes a permanent Internet tax moratorium. The current ban on Internet taxation, the ITFA, has been continuously renewed since it was first enacted in 1998, but it is set to expire at the end of 2016.
The NAM urges the Senate to support the permanent ban on Internet taxation to provide certainty that manufacturers will not face additional tax burdens from Internet usage.
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