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.
Fred L. Smith, Jr.
Competitive Enterprise Institute
Citizens for Limited Taxation
National Taxpayers Union
Illinois Policy Institute
Michigan Taxpayers Alliance
American Shareholders Association
Maryland Taxpayers Association, Inc.
Colin A. Hanna
Let Freedom Ring, Inc.
Idahoans for Tax Reform
Media Freedom Project
David A. Keene
The American Conservative Union
Thomas P. Kilgannon
Taxpayers League of Minnesota
Young Conservatives of Pennsylvania
Center for Individual Freedom
Ethan Allen Institute
Vice President of Government Affairs
Family Research Council
Taxpayers United Michigan Foundation
Americans for Tax Reform
Americans for Prosperity
C. Preston Noell III
Tradition, Family, Property, Inc.
Center for Freedom and Prosperity
Americans for the Preservation of Liberty
American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC)
Richard O. Rowland
Grassroot Institute of Hawaii
Thomas A. Schatz
Council for Citizens Against Government Waste
Indiana Family Institute
The Club for Growth
Alaskans for Tax Reform
Arizona Free Enterprise Club
Budget Watch Nevada
Paul M. Weyrich
Coalitions for America
Taxpayers Association of Oregon
Institute for Liberty
Internet Freedom Coalition