Internet Tax Freedom Act

Rex Halverson

The U.S. Senate finally passed the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act on February 11, 2016 by an overwhelming vote of 75-20, which had buried within its many provisions, the Permanent Internet Tax Freedom Act. Senate action had stalled the bill for months because of the dispute over taxing Internet sales. The bill has now been to the President for signature.

The White House hailed the bill’s passage as “an important milestone in our overall trade agenda,” and said the President Obama would sign it into law “to help strengthen enforcement of the rules and level the playing field for American workers and businesses.”

Thanks to this bill, taxes can never be levied on the internet and taxes on sales or services done via the internet cannot be taxed simply because they were sold or purchased online. The only ones complaining are state and local tax officials and state, county, city and transit district elected officials. This is a great day for WE THE PEOPLE!