Shaheen Applauds Big Win In Effort to Prevent an Internet Sales Tax

**Congress will soon pass permanent legislation governing the internet that doesn’t contain internet sales tax proposals**

December 09, 2015

(Washington, DC)—This afternoon, legislation was introduced – which is expected to soon become law – to permanently extend the Internet Tax Freedom Act (ITFA) without proposals to impose taxes on internet sales. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) has been a strong proponent in the Senate of extending ITFA permanently, without the threat of an internet sales tax to New Hampshire businesses. For years, supporters in Congress of an internet sales tax have tried to add this legislation to ITFA.

“For years, the Internet Tax Freedom Act has kept the Internet free of new taxes and has helped it flourish into the driver of economic growth and job creation that it is today,” said Shaheen. “Congress, once again, is poised to pass this important legislation without an internet sales tax that would be devastating to Granite State businesses. I will continue my efforts to prevent internet sales tax legislation that would harm New Hampshire businesses from ever becoming law.”

Senator Shaheen has been a vocal critic of attempts to impose a national internet sales tax.  Although New Hampshire does not have a sales tax, proposed internet sales tax legislation would force New Hampshire businesses to collect sales taxes for 46 states and 9,600 taxing jurisdictions across the country. ITFA was made a part of the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015 which strengthens enforcement of trade laws. This legislation is expected to be passed by Congress and signed by the president before the end of the year.