Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Stop the Internet Tax

Oct 23, 2007

Senator Charles Schumer
United States Senate
313 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510-0001

Dear Senator Schumer,

I urge you to support Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.), John Sununu (R-N.H.), and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) in their drive to enact a permanent ban on Internet taxes. New York State does not need more taxes, especially since so much of our bleeding economy depends on the Internet.

Last week, the House passed a bill that would extend the existing moratorium on Internet taxes until 2011, and the Senate is scheduled to take up legislation this week. Sens. McCain, I urge you to propose an extension until 2211. Better yet, I urge you to support a permanent ban.

Congress wisely decided some years ago that Internet access and commerce should not be encumbered with multiple state and local taxes. Due in no small part to this decision, the Internet and e-commerce have thrived. Today, approximately 70 percent of the U.S. population uses the Internet, and it has become a vital engine for economic growth.

Enacting a permanent ban will provide much-needed consumer and business confidence and help keep our economy robust and strong.

I urge you to support any effort to make the Internet tax ban permanent.


Mitchell Langbert
PO Box 130
West Shokan, NY 12494

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