Washington – CompTIA, the Computing Technology Industry Association, released the following statement in response to the passage of the customs bill -- H.R. 644 the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act — which included a permanent extension of the Internet Tax Freedom Act. The statement should be attributed to Elizabeth Hyman, Executive Vice President, CompTIA:
“We applaud the Senate in voting today to extend the Internet Tax Freedom Act permanently. Since its initial enactment in 1998, the ITFA has banned federal, state and local governments from taxing Internet access charges, as well as from assessing multiple taxes on electronic commerce. The Senate’s action will protect Internet access from the burdens of a patchwork of federal, state and local taxes. Our members are thrilled that the permanent extension of ITFA will provide greater certainty for their businesses moving forward.
“CompTIA has worked tirelessly with our member companies and a coalition of over 30 state and regional tech councils to push for this permanent extension. As part of our 2015 D.C. Fly-in our advocates visited over 100 Congressional offices promoting the importance of this critical legislation. We are excited to see it is now heading to the President Obama's desk for his signature.”
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