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Center Urges Permanent Legislative Action

In the letter reproduced here, the Center for Individual Freedom expressed its strong support to make permanent the moratorium on multiple and discriminatory Internet taxes.


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Jeffrey Mazzella
Sr. Vice President, Legislative Affairs

January 15, 2003

The Honorable George Allen
United States Senate
204 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, DC† 20510

Dear Senator Allen:

I am writing to express the Center for Individual Freedomís strong support for your legislation to make permanent the moratorium on multiple and discriminatory taxes on electronic commerce and taxes on Internet access.†

Despite recent setbacks in the technology industry, the Internet remains a remarkable resource for information and expanded commerce essential to individual freedom and a vibrant economy.† Yet, now more than ever, it is susceptible to creative tax schemes by many of the nationís governors and state legislators recklessly in search of new tax revenue to help cure their ongoing budget crises.† A permanent moratorium would protect the Internet and electronic commerce from such over-burdensome and discriminatory taxes, enabling it to grow and thrive as a tool for education, opportunity and commerce.†††

Furthermore, the Center applauds your efforts to repeal current taxes on Internet access in those states that were grandfathered when Congress originally passed the Internet Tax Freedom Act in 1998.† This provision in your legislation will help bridge the ďdigital divideĒ by enabling thousands of low-income consumers to access the Internet and help to ensure they benefit from all the opportunities it provides.

The Center for Individual Freedom is a non-partisan, non-profit organization with the mission to protect individual freedoms and rights in the legal, legislative and educational arenas. As free-market advocates, we oppose over-burdensome state and federal regulations and tax regimes that will impede the evolution of electronic commerce.

With the current moratorium set to expire on November 1, the Center is committed and looks forward to working with you and your staff to ensure swift passage of the legislation.††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††


Jeffrey Mazzella
Sr. Vice President, Legislative Affairs


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