On September 12, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte
(R-Va.) introduced H.R. 3086, the Permanent Internet Tax Freedom Act (ITFA).
The measure seeks to permanently extend the ban on taxing Internet access that
has been in place since the ITFA was first passed in 1998. The moratorium imposed
by the ITFA was extended several times by Congress and is currently set to
expire November 1, 2014.
ITFA was originally intended to help promote and preserve the
commercial, education and informational potential of the Internet in its
infancy during the late 90’s. The growth of the Internet since then,
however, has been exponential.
NACo will continue to monitor the bill’s progress. With Chairman
Goodlatte as its sponsor, the measure will likely be part of the larger
discussion on related legislation, such as the Marketplace Fairness Act, a bill
that NACo has strongly supported and that has already been passed by the Senate
earlier this year.
Contact: Mike Belarmino at email@example.com