Policy Documents

A Scare for the Web: Will Congress Let the Internet Tax Ban Expire?

James L. Gattuso –
October 22, 2007

Unless Congress intervenes, this Halloween will be an especially scary one for U.S. Internet users. At midnight on October 31, the federal ban on Internet taxes expires, loosing state and local governments to tax Internet services received by Americans. The House of Representatives last week voted to extend the tax ban another four years, but it refused to make the ban permanent. The issue is now before the Senate. Since it was adopted nine years ago, the Internet tax ban has proven to be sensible and successful. Rather than let it expire, Congress should make the ban permanent.