State legislatures across the country continue to push for Internet taxes, despite widespread opposition. This week, a Rasmussen poll reported that 63 percent of Americans oppose online taxation. Taxing the Internet is bad tax policy; the bills being considered by multiple states kill online advertising jobs, unconstitutionally reach across state lines, and stifles economic growth.
Last week, Arkansas legislators became the latest state to tax the Internet, when they quickly passed SB 738
and Gov. Mike Beebe signed the bill into law. More surprisingly, however, Texas – known for its independent, low-tax culture – is seriously considering an Internet tax scheme that originated in New York, HB 1317
. Here’s a brief lay of the land:
: HB 1317
, SB 1798
, and HB 2403
all attempt to tax the Internet and reach across state borders, but in different ways.
: SB 655
will get a hearing on April 27th. Meanwhile, AB 153
recently passed a vote in the Assembly’s Revenue and Tax Committee. AB 155
, an affiliate style nexus tax, is still sitting in committee.
Missouri: HB 970
, an affiliate nexus tax, is awaiting assignment to committee.
Pennsylvania: SB 676
was referred to Senate Finance Committee.