IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
February 10, 2015
Mr. Thune (for himself, Mr. Wyden, Mr. McConnell, Mr. Schumer, Ms. Ayotte, Mrs. Murray, Mr. Scott, Mrs. Shaheen, Mr. Cruz, Mr. Tester, Ms. Murkowski, Mr. Donnelly, Mr. Blunt, Mr. Leahy, Mr. Rubio, Mr. Merkley, Mr. Crapo, Mr. Coons, Mr. Heller, Mr. Markey, Mr. Barrasso, Mr. Peters, Mr. Portman, Mr. Moran, Mr. Burr, Mr. Boozman, Mr. Kirk, Mrs. Capito, Mr. Daines, Mr. Vitter, Mr. Grassley, Mr. Isakson, Mr. Coats, Mrs. Fischer, Mr. Roberts, Mr. McCain, Mr. Gardner, Mr. Toomey, Mr. Inhofe, Mr. Lee, Mr. Graham, and Mr. Flake) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance
To permanently extend the Internet Tax Freedom Act.
This Act may be cited as the
Internet Tax Freedom Forever Act.
Congress makes the following findings:
The Internet has continued to drive economic growth, productivity and innovation since the Internet Tax Freedom Act was first enacted in 1998.
The Internet promotes a nationwide economic environment that facilitates innovation, promotes efficiency, and empowers people to broadly share their ideas.
According to the National Broadband Plan, cost remains the biggest barrier to consumer broadband adoption. Keeping Internet access affordable promotes consumer access to this critical gateway to jobs, education, healthcare, and entrepreneurial opportunities, regardless of race, income, or neighborhood.
Small business owners rely heavily on affordable Internet access, providing them with access to new markets, additional consumers, and an opportunity to compete in the global economy.
Economists have recognized that excessive taxation of innovative communications technologies reduces economic welfare more than taxes on other sectors of the economy.
The provision of affordable access to the Internet is fundamental to the American economy and access to it must be protected from multiple and discriminatory taxes at the State and local level.
As a massive global network that spans political boundaries, the Internet is inherently a matter of interstate and foreign commerce within the jurisdiction of the United States Congress under article I, section 8, clause 3 of the Constitution of the United States.
Permanent moratorium on Internet access taxes and multiple and discriminatory taxes on electronic commerce
Section 1101(a) of the Internet Tax Freedom Act (47 U.S.C. 151 note), as amended by section 624 of the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015 (Public Law 113–235), is amended by striking
during the period beginning November 1, 2003, and ending October 1, 2015.
The amendment made by this section shall apply to taxes imposed after the date of the enactment of this Act.