Let the Good Times Roll: 7 More Years of No Internet Tax
October 26, 2007 1:59 PM
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Congress and the House decided once more to not tax the Internet!
The U.S. Congress and Senate once again agreed to a bipartisan resolution that extends the Internet tax moratorium.
The highly debated issue saw strong support for keeping the Internet tax free from both those in the industry and from grass roots movements. ISPs strongly opposed any sort of taxation as it would hurt their revenues by driving away customers. Users, who joined movements such as the "Don't Tax Our Web Coalition," did not want to be taxed either, as taxation would likely mean higher service charges.
A tax moratorium was originally instituted in 1998 Internet Tax Freedom Act. It was extended twice already, in 2001 and 2004, but has not been permanently passed into law.
The house and senate disagreed on the exact length to ban taxation. The House passed a resolution calling for a four year ban. The Senate wanted a seven year ban. Both legislative bodies saw strong bipartisan support for some kind of ban, though.
Senator Ted Stevens (R-AK) was enthusiastic about the tax moratorium. He elaborated:
"The Internet has provided a powerful economic boost to our nation,and has become an important everyday tool for millions of Americans. By keeping Internet access tax-free and affordable,Congress can encourage Internet use for distance learning,telemedicine, commerce and other important services."
Sadly, the internet is not entirely tax free. The IRS is
pushing a proposal
as part of this year's budget proposal to track user income made on sites such as eBay. They plan to use this information to adjust people's income accordingly.
The proposal for extension of the 1998 Internet Tax Freedom Act will now go to a panel composed of House and Senate members which will iron out the differences between the House and Senate's passed proposals and submit a single proposal to the President.
Should the Internet be tax free? The answer according to the public seems to be overwhelming yes. However, your income from private Internet sales soon will be taxable.
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taxation without representation
10/29/2007 2:53:10 PM
So how much do they charge? A flat tax per connection or a per usage fee? This way businesses will pay hundreds per month in taxes and even online gamers may pay an additional $100 per month in taxes... Not my idea of a proper tax plan.
I would be willing to pay an extra $5 per month if that money went only towards communication expansion so that the entire nation could be covered by a lower cost reliable high speed network. This would lower our monthly cost to the ISP and we would all win... unfortunately its not that easy and I am sure this would fall into the hands of evil corporations that would make it into a per usage rate/tax and we'd all be screwed.
"We can't expect users to use common sense. That would eliminate the need for all sorts of legislation, committees, oversight and lawyers." -- Christopher Jennings
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