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Request that Congress Promptly Extend the Internet Tax Freedom Act

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Request that Congress Promptly Extend the Internet Tax Freedom Act

Over 30 Free Market Groups Call for Congress to Extend Tax Ban

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Dear Member of Congress:

On behalf of millions of taxpayers, we request that Congress promptly extend the Internet Tax Freedom Act before it expires on November 1, 2007. If the moratorium is allowed to lapse, American taxpayers could be exposed to countless new and onerous taxes from states and municipalities simply for accessing the Internet.

Since 1998, Congress has ensured that Internet access is not subject to either state and local taxes or multiple and discriminatory taxes on Internet commerce, regardless of the technology consumers use to access the Internet. With the moratorium’s expiration rapidly approaching, it is imperative that Congress continue to prohibit Internet access taxes and multiple and discriminatory taxes on electronic commerce.

The Internet prospers today as the result of unshackled innovation and technological growth

unfettered by government taxation or regulation. Although policies up to this point have

temporarily put a hold on government interference, passing a permanent ban on Internet taxation would send a signal that the Internet is open for further growth and development.

Taxing access and Internet activities would not only hinder the expansion of technology that fuels our modern economy, but it would also rebuild communication barriers among families, hamper growing businesses, and negatively impact our lives in countless ways.

The U.S. cannot afford to open the free Internet market to taxation. The time of temporary moratorium has passed. Once again we, the undersigned groups, urge you to co-sponsor and work to pass S. 156 and H.R. 743 which would permanently extend the federal moratorium on Internet access taxes.

Sincerely,

 

Fred L. Smith, Jr.

President

Competitive Enterprise Institute

 

Barbara Anderson

Executive Director

Citizens for Limited Taxation

 

John Berthoud

President

National Taxpayers Union

 

Greg Blankenship

President

Illinois Policy Institute

 

Chris Derry

President

Bluegrass Institute

 

Leon Drolet

Executive Director

Michigan Taxpayers Alliance

 

Ryan Ellis

Executive Director

American Shareholders Association

 

Richard Falknor

Executive Vice-President

Maryland Taxpayers Association, Inc.

 

Colin A. Hanna

President

Let Freedom Ring, Inc.

 

Tom Hoefling

President

Idahoans for Tax Reform

 

Derek Hunter

Executive Director

Media Freedom Project

 

Kimberly Kuo

Executive Director

MyWireless.org

 

David A. Keene

Chairman

The American Conservative Union

 

Matt Kibbe

President

FreedomWorks

 

Thomas P. Kilgannon

President

Freedom Alliance

 

Phil Krinkie

President

Taxpayers League of Minnesota

 

Chris Lilik

Young Conservatives of Pennsylvania

 

Jeffrey Mazzella

President

Center for Individual Freedom

 

John McClaughry

President

Ethan Allen Institute

 

Tom McClusky

Vice President of Government Affairs

Family Research Council

 

Bill McMaster

State Chairman

Taxpayers United Michigan Foundation

 

Chuck Muth

President

Citizen Outreach

 

Grover Norquist

President

Americans for Tax Reform

 

Tim Phillips

President

Americans for Prosperity

 

C. Preston Noell III

President

Tradition, Family, Property, Inc.

 

Andrew Quinlan

President

Center for Freedom and Prosperity

 

Amy Ridenour

Vice Chairman

Americans for the Preservation of Liberty

 

Lori Roman

Executive Director

American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC)

 

Richard O. Rowland

President

Grassroot Institute of Hawaii

 

Thomas A. Schatz

President

Council for Citizens Against Government Waste

 

Curt Smith

President

Indiana Family Institute

 

Pat Toomey

President

The Club for Growth

 

Mead Treadwell

Alaskans for Tax Reform

 

Steve Voeller

President

Arizona Free Enterprise Club

 

Mark Warden

President

Budget Watch Nevada

 

Paul M. Weyrich

National Chairman

Coalitions for America

 

Jason Williams

Executive Director

Taxpayers Association of Oregon

 

Jason Wright

President

Institute for Liberty

Internet Freedom Coalition