Tech Bytes – Tid Bits in Tech News: Declaration of Independence for the Next Millenium… Internet taxes = Taxation without Repr

This week, the Advisory Commission on Electronic Commerce presented its report to Congress. Now, congressional leaders must determine the course of action that would provide consumers with the full benefits of the high-tech economy. Unfortunately, state and local politicians are raising taxes on American consumers and forcing small businesses off the Internet. They use scare tactics and half-truths to promote an agenda that would lead to higher taxes and more government spending.

Thankfully, Senator Judd Gregg (R-NH) has extended his leadership to ensure that these tax-hungry politicians do not destroy the high-tech economy. Gregg, along with Senator Herb Kohl (D-WI), has introduced legislation called the “New Economy Tax Simplification Act” that would prevent taxation without representation.

America’s governors and mayors can place tremendous pressure on members of Congress during an election year. They seek new laws to expand their ability to collect new and unfair taxes from online consumers.

CSE activists have been at the forefront of the fight against new taxes on the Internet and electronic commerce. Today is the day to send CSE’s petition to a friend so that activists — veterans and newcomers alike — can send a message to Congress. No New Taxes on the Internet.