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US House Passes Permanent Ban On Internet Access Taxes 148

jfruh writes: In 1998, the U.S. Congress passed a law that temporarily banned all taxes imposed by federal, state, and local governments on Internet access and Internet-only services, a ban that has been faithfully renewed every year since. Now the U.S. House has passed a passed a permanent version of the ban, which also applies to several states that had passed Internet taxes before 1998 and were grandfathered in under the temporary law. The Senate must pass the bill as well by November 1 or the temporary ban will lapse.
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US House Passes Permanent Ban On Internet Access Taxes

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday July 16, 2014 @02:34PM (#47468817)

    Using taxes for internet is something completely different than taxing for using the internet. This law bans the latter. You're describing the former.

  • by raymorris ( 2726007 ) on Wednesday July 16, 2014 @02:43PM (#47468901) Journal

    The bill says that your internet bill won't be used to pay for government, not that government can't pay for internet. Concrete examples - you can't tax voting. Governments can and do pay for voting machines. You don't get taxed on sending your kids to school. The government does pay for government schools. You don't pay a tax on researching solar panels, the government does pay for solar panel research.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday July 16, 2014 @03:51PM (#47469663)

    Social security was absolutely meant as a replacement for savings. It just didn't mandate away the ability to save money independently from paying social security. Savings is personal financial security with sole benefit, Social security is community financial security with a shared benefit.

  • by geekoid ( 135745 ) <dadinportland AT yahoo DOT com> on Wednesday July 16, 2014 @06:03PM (#47470783) Homepage Journal

    no, it wasn't. If you live through your tax paying year to 60, it was very likely you would live just as long as you would now.

    Male - 1940 would live 13 years after turning 60
    Male - Now live 15.5 years after turning 60.

    So it a couple of years, easily adjusted for and planned for. Don't by into the pub/libertarians lies. SS is fine.
    In fact, with a minor change, we could lower the age of retirement, I know, it's counter intuitive and requires math.

    Really we nee congress to stop stealing the money from SS the we pay into.

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