House Approves Extension on Internet Tax Abatement
In a 405-2 vote, the House approved a bill extending the time in which web services remain tax free. The bill restricts state and local governments from taxing Internet connections including DSL, cable and Blackberry-type wireless transmissions. There was a push toward making the ban permanent but it wasn’t part of the existing bill. The overwhelming vote, however, seems to indicate that a permanent ban would easily pass.
The bill does not address whether goods sold over the internet should be subject to taxation. The lonely two that voted Nay?
Anna Eshoo of California who wanted the ban to be permanent and Representative Mike Turner of Ohio for whom I could find no reason.