CARPER, ALEXANDER STATEMENT: U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES VOTE TO EXTEND THE MORATORIUM ON STATE AND LOCAL TAXES ON INTERNET ACCESS

Posted on October 16, 2007

U.S. Senators Tom Carper (D-DE) and Lamar Alexander (R-TN) issued the following response to the vote by the U.S. House of Representatives to approve a four-year extension of a moratorium on state and local taxes on Internet access. The first tax ban – passed in 1998 – is set to expire on Nov. 1. This extension exempts some states that approved taxes prior to the original enactment. “By extending the Internet tax moratorium four years, the House of Representatives has protected internet users. The Senate should follow suit with a temporary extension of the moratorium before the current moratorium expires on November 1. We’ve said from the start that a permanent ban is not good public policy. Rather, Congress should periodically look at this law to make sure it keeps pace with new technologies. Since the moratorium was enacted in 1998, we’ve extended it twice while changing the law substantially to meet changing technology.” Carper and Alexander are cosponsors of similar legislation in the U. S. Senate. The measure passed the House by a vote of 405-2.