House majority reauthorizes Permanent Internet Tax Freedom Act

U.S. Rep. Leonard Lance (R-NJ) joined with the majority in the House this week to reauthorize the Permanent Internet Tax Freedom Act (PITFA). The legislation essentially would make the ban on Internet access taxes a permanent law.

“Competing in the global economy requires a presence on the Internet, and its growth and reach should be encouraged – not stifled by new taxes to access e-mail and other everyday online activity,” Lance, a member of the Energy and Commerce Communications and Technology Subcommittee, said. “Enactment of a permanent moratorium on Internet-access taxes will allow American consumers and small businesses to continue to grow and thrive in the digital economy.”

If the ban is not extended, consumers across the nation might see various jurisdictions impose taxes to access the Internet. PITFA would permanently renew the ban on any Internet-access taxes.

“A tax on internet access would burden the millions of Americans who rely on the Internet every day,” Lance concluded. “Americans must be assured they will never be taxed just for going online.”