When the Senate passed legislation last year allowing states broader
latitude to collect sales on online purchases, the proposal was
immediately cast aside in the House — and there is has remained, stuck
on a shelf. Until now.
Suddenly, even with the midterm elections nearing, the bill’s
supporters believe they have found the perfect opportunity to try to
push it through the lower chamber.
The House last week easily approved a bill dubbed the Permanent
Internet Tax Freedom Act that would renew a longstanding ban on taxing
access to the Internet. Considered a must-pass proposal, the legislation
would prohibit state and local governments from charging residents fees
to browse the Web.
So far, the bill has faced virtually no opposition. But that could soon change.