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Pete Sepp: US Senate Trying to Attach Bad Internet Tax Bill to Good One

July 25, 2014

The National Taxpayers Union and R Street Institute have been surveying likely voters in 20 states and visiting states to discuss a federal bill to allow states to tax Internet sales no matter where buyers and retailers are located. By margins of 2-to-1 or more, respondents oppose the measure, says Pete Sepp of the National Taxpayers Union. He says they not only dislike the idea of having to pay more for online purchases because of higher taxes; they also oppose it because of the government intrusiveness that would go with it. But U.S. Senators led by Democrat Dick Durbin of Illinois are angling to attach the online sales tax bill to another popular bill that would permanently ban Internet access taxes. The Senate vote could happen any day.