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Groups pressure Senate to keep Internet tax ban

by Mario Trujillo | Jan 25, 2016   ()

More than 40 groups are urging Senate leaders to pass a long-term extension of a ban on state and local taxes on Internet access. 

The coalition sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) pressing them to keep the tax ban “permanent” in a customs bill that would extend the ban and has already passed the House.

“Numerous studies continue to show that cost remains an obstacle to Internet access and, if taxes on the Internet go up, even fewer people will be able to afford to go online,” the groups wrote ina letter Thursday. “This would impede our nation’s long held goal of universal Internet access.”

The letter was signed by a number of groups representing business, women, minorities and conservatives. Those groups ranged from Americans for Tax Reform and the Chamber of Commerce to LULAC and the National Black Caucus of State Legislators. 

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Source: The Hill
Source: The Hill

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