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.



Fred L. Smith, Jr.


Competitive Enterprise Institute


Barbara Anderson

Executive Director

Citizens for Limited Taxation


John Berthoud


National Taxpayers Union


Greg Blankenship


Illinois Policy Institute


Chris Derry


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


Let Freedom Ring, Inc.


Tom Hoefling


Idahoans for Tax Reform


Derek Hunter

Executive Director

Media Freedom Project


Kimberly Kuo

Executive Director


David A. Keene


The American Conservative Union


Matt Kibbe




Thomas P. Kilgannon


Freedom Alliance


Phil Krinkie


Taxpayers League of Minnesota


Chris Lilik

Young Conservatives of Pennsylvania


Jeffrey Mazzella


Center for Individual Freedom


John McClaughry


Ethan Allen Institute


Tom McClusky

Vice President of Government Affairs

Family Research Council


Bill McMaster

State Chairman

Taxpayers United Michigan Foundation


Chuck Muth


Citizen Outreach


Grover Norquist


Americans for Tax Reform


Tim Phillips


Americans for Prosperity


C. Preston Noell III


Tradition, Family, Property, Inc.


Andrew Quinlan


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


Grassroot Institute of Hawaii


Thomas A. Schatz


Council for Citizens Against Government Waste


Curt Smith


Indiana Family Institute


Pat Toomey


The Club for Growth


Mead Treadwell

Alaskans for Tax Reform


Steve Voeller


Arizona Free Enterprise Club


Mark Warden


Budget Watch Nevada


Paul M. Weyrich

National Chairman

Coalitions for America


Jason Williams

Executive Director

Taxpayers Association of Oregon


Jason Wright


Institute for Liberty

Internet Freedom Coalition