The House Judiciary Committee Approves Legislation to Permanently Prohibit State Taxes on Internet Access

On June 18th the House Judiciary Committee approved H.R. 3086, entitled “The Permanent Internet Tax Freedom Act” (hereinafter “PITFA”), by a large margin vote of 30 to 4. The bipartisan bill has more than 220 cosponsors. The legislation would make permanent the provisions of the Internet Tax Freedom Act, which temporarily bans states from taxing Internet access or placing multiple or discriminatory taxes on e-commerce. Most states currently do not tax Internet access, although several states do such as Ohio and Texas, which were grandfathered under the original legislation. The new bill would remove that exemption. By striking the 2014 expiration date from the bill, the PITFA makes the suspension permanent instead of requiring reauthorization every few years.

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