Taxing the Internet:
How Long Should the Moratorium Last?
Thursday, June 21, 2007
In 1998 Congress enacted a moratorium on new taxes (federal and local) on services to give consumers access to the Internet. The moratorium also prohibited discriminatory taxes that applied only to Internet services. Now the moratorium is set to expire before year's end. Lawmakers are readying bills to extend the moratorium and hearings have been held in both chambers of Congress to drill down the specific public policy issues.
The Congressional Internet Caucus Advisory Committee facilitated an interesting discussion between state and local tax experts and Internet industry stakeholders. One of the key debates centered around the extension duration: A period of years or permanently? Our panel of Internet tax policy experts discussed the pros and cons of this issue.
Panelists to include:
- Jeffrey Arnold, National Association of Counties [Bio]
- Brian Bieron, eBay Inc. [Bio]
- Bartlett Cleland, Institute for Policy Innovation (moderator) [Bio]
- Broderick Johnson, Don'tTaxOurWeb.org Coalition [Bio]
- David Quam, National Governors Association [Bio]
This educational briefing is hosted by the Congressional Internet Caucus Advisory Committee (ICAC), part of a 501 (c)(3) charitable organization. The ICAC is a private sector organization comprised of public interest groups, trade associations, non-profits, and corporations.