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H.R. 235 (114th): Permanent Internet Tax Freedom Act


The 1998 Internet Tax Freedom Act prohibits taxes on internet access and any internet-specific commodities such as bandwidth, but the law is set to expire on October 1, 2015, at which point states could begin taxing internet services. The Permanent Internet Tax Freedom Act (PITFA) would remove the expiration date from the law. PITFA was originally introduced in the 113th Congress, where it passed the House but never reached a Senate vote. It has now passed the House in the 114th Congress, and awaits a vote by the Senate.

Last updated Jun 10, 2015. View all GovTrack summaries.

The summary below was written by the Congressional Research Service, which is a nonpartisan division of the Library of Congress, and was published on Jun 9, 2015.


(This measure has not been amended since it was introduced. The summary of that version is repeated here.)

Permanent Internet Tax Freedom Act

Amends the Internet Tax Freedom Act to make permanent the ban on state and local taxation of Internet access and on multiple or discriminatory taxes on electronic commerce.