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Letter to the House opposing Permanent Internet Tax Freedom Act (H.R. 3086)

July 10, 2014

Dear Representative: 

On behalf of the three million members of the National Education Association and the students they serve, we urge you to oppose the Permanent Internet Tax Freedom Act (H.R. 3086). Votes associated with this issue may be included in the NEA Legislative Report Card for the 113th Congress.

This bill would make permanent the moratorium on state and local taxes on Internet access, which would otherwise expire on November 1. States and localities need the flexibility to tax Internet transactions for much needed revenue, especially for investments in education and other essential public services.

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimated that H.R. 3086 would cost states and localities “several hundreds of millions of dollars annually.” CBO noted that the actual cost could be much higher, since its calculation was based on revenue lost by just four of the seven states that now tax Internet access. The calculation also did not include potential future revenues from new taxes that might be enacted if the current federal ban were not in place.

We urge you to oppose the Permanent Internet Tax Freedom Act (H.R. 3086) to help ensure that states and localities can make needed investments in education and other essential public services. 

Sincerely,

Mary Kusler
Director, Government Relations