The House of Representatives voted by acclamation Tuesday to permanently extend the Internet Tax Freedom Act. In place since 1998, the law prevents taxes on email and Internet access services, and Web users have never needed it more to prevent a multibillion-dollar avalanche of new fees after its scheduled expiration on Oct. 1.
The Internet is the quintessential instrument of interstate and international commerce. And it needs Congress to protect it from America’s roughly 9,600 taxing jurisdictions. Nationwide, revenuers and regulators show every intention of applying tax burdens online that go far beyond those applied to other goods and services.