Internet Taxes Not Inevitable
Sat, 3 Jul 1999 11:36:21 EDT

>From: "Diamond, Richard" <>
>Internet Taxes not Inevitable
>Date: Mon, 28 Jun 1999 17:05:32 -0400
>House Majority Leader Dick Armey sent this letter to his colleagues opposing
>the notion that Net taxes are "inevitable" and called for a permanent
>moratorium on Internet taxation:
>June 28, 1999
>Internet Taxes not Inevitable
>Dear Colleague,
> Last year, we unanimously voted to place a temporary moratorium on
>new Internet taxes and create a commission to study the issue.
> This commission met in Williamsburg last week. Following this
>meeting I have noticed several disturbing news articles that say, among
>other things, that "Tax-free Web goods may disappear" and "Net e-commerce
>taxes called inevitable."
> Not so fast.
> Only Congress can authorize one state to compel sellers in another
>state to collect Net taxes. And the American people would never stand for
>it. Over 26,000 individuals came to my website ( to express
>their opinion on the issue. Only 3 percent said the Internet should be
> I side with the 97 percent that visited my site and spoke out
>against Internet taxation. We should take steps to immediately place a
>permanent moratorium on Internet taxation. Rep. Chris Cox and others have
>already blazed the trail on this issue and we need to rally behind them to
>ensure that the Internet remains free forever from predatory state and local
> Let's keep the spirit of the e-Contract and allow high-tech America
>to flourish by keeping government out of the way. Let's clear up the
>confusion and pass legislation making the Internet Tax Freedom Act's
>moratorium permanent.
> Sincerely,
> Member of Congress