December 09, 2015

Wyden Praises Permanent Ban on Internet Taxes In Customs and Trade Enforcement Bill

Wyden Authored Original Internet Tax Ban; Would Prevent Discriminatory Taxes On Internet Goods and Services, Save Oregonians from Higher Costs To Get Online

Washington, D.C. –Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., praised the inclusion of a permanent ban on unfair taxes on Internet goods and services, as well as Internet access taxes, as part of a trade enforcement bill coming before Congress this week.

Sen. Wyden co-wrote the original Internet Tax Freedom Act (ITFA) with former California Republican Rep. Chris Cox in 1998.  ITFA prohibits state and local governments from taxing Internet access, and bans multiple and discriminatory taxation against digital goods and services delivered over the Internet.

 “Small businesses and consumers in Oregon could soon finally be free from the threat of hundreds of dollars in new taxes each year, just to access the Internet. I co-wrote the Internet Tax Freedom Act nearly a decade ago to help spur the growth of the digital economy. Today online commerce is responsible for hundreds of thousands of jobs. In my view, when you have something that works, that has stood the test of time, you ought to make it permanent,” Wyden said.

The permanent ITFA in the customs bill allows the so-called “grandfather” states a four and a half year phase-out, through June 2020.