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Taxing the Internet There is a lot of talk about taxing the Internet. There are three levels of government, national, state, and local all anxious to get their hands on a potential source of new revenue. There are two types of taxes being considered. 1) tax on Internet use and 2) tax on Internet commerce. Taxes on Internet use would include possible taxes on: service providers, web pages, and email. Taxes on commerce would be a tax on sales and services. For example, whenever a book is sold on the Internet the person buying the book would pay a sales tax. So far, there has not been any taxes imposed on the Internet. The national government has discouraged taxing the Net because it is seen as a potential force for positive change in America, and the government is trying to encourage its growth. Many Internet taxes have been proposed. It probably is just a matter of time before there are
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Unformatted text preview: both user fees, or taxes on people who pay for the Internet in their home, and sales taxes on the business transactions on the Net. Another factor in the tax debate is the interest groups that lobby Congress to prevent Internet taxes. There is quite an impressive Internet lobby that comes together whenever tax bills are proposed. Government, especially the national government has an elaborate agenda of issues it would seem it wants to regulate on the Net. It isn’t just taxes. Concern is raised about pornography, hate groups, terrorism, even chat rooms are topics of Congressional threats to regulate. The Internet lobby is opposed to any government regulation and mobilizes whenever they see a threat. So far the lobby has won the day....
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