As one of our more than 6.9 million FreedomWorks members nationwide, I urge you to contact your representative today and ask him or her to support the Permanent Internet Tax Freedom Act (PITFA), H.R. 235. A bi-partisan proposal introduced by Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), this bill would permanently prohibit taxation of internet access.
Back in 1998, Congress passed the original Internet Tax Freedom Act, a temporary moratorium on taxing internet access. Since then, the Act has been renewed, but is now set to expire on October 1, 2015. If Congress does nothing, states and the federal government would be allowed to tax your internet access by the end of the year.
The Permanent Internet Tax Freedom Act does more than just extend the deadline, it makes the tax moratorium permanent. A number of states would immediately begin collecting taxes on broadband internet service if the ban were to expire.
FreedomWorks recognizes the transformative power of the internet to facilitate commerce and the free flow of information. Permitting taxation of the internet unjustly and discriminatorily burdens internet businesses and allows government new power to restrict the freedom of information. The Permanent Internet Tax Freedom Act is a major part of protecting internet freedom for all.
You need only look at your cell phone or cable bills to see how the government takes its share of your bill for those services – but you can stop them from doing the same to your internet service,. I hope you’ll call your representative and ask him or her to support the Permanent Internet Tax Freedom Act, H.R. 235, and to co-sponsor the bill if they have not already done so.
President and CEO,
Check out our letter of support for the Senate version of this bill HERE.