This week, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) 94% and Rep. Sean Duffy (R-WI) 67% will introduce The Protecting Internet Freedom Act. This legislation would prevent the transition of the control of the Internet from U.S. hands to an international body called the “Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Number (ICANN) unless Congress affirmatively acts to do so. It also ensures that the United States Government would maintain ownership and control of .gov and .mil domains, to protect our national security interests.
As Russia moved aggressively to separate Crimea from Ukraine last week, a little known federal agency within President Obama’s Department of Commerce announced America would “give up its last bit of control of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) in 2015.” In a new paper, the Heritage Foundation explains the decision is “controversial” and warns of “trouble ahead”:
With the U.S. government’s role receding, ICANN’s executive committee will have greater autonomy and could act in ways contrary to U.S. interests and the interest of a free Internet. While the NTIA announcement specifically stated that it opposes granting oversight to a government-led or an inter-governmental organization, once the U.S. ends its oversight, America’s ability to enforce this outcome is diminished.
May 6 may be a somber day for budding businesses and for some of the fastest growing industries in the country.
That is the day the Senate is expected to vote the so-called Marketplace Fairness Act, which would require a myriad of online businesses to collect and remit the applicable sales tax for their customer’s home state.
This new internet tax cartel would be a massive burden to these businesses both because they would take a financial hit (which would be passed onto consumers as well) and because they would have to take numerous cumbersome steps to comply with the law.
Pro-tax advocates of the bill brush these concerns aside asserting that free computer software will be provided to online businesses to help them calculate taxes due and create a single entity to collect taxes for all jurisdictions in their state.
But once that number is obtained, does the tax owed just magically appear at the proverbial doorstep of 45 different states and the District of Columbia? Not at all. In fact, we’ve pointed out how hellish this tedious process would be for business owners.
We are including the vote on S. 336, the Marketplace Fairness Act, in our legislative scorecard. The conservative position is to oppose this bill, as it allows state and local governments to impose sales taxes on online commerce. Not only would this law potentially increase taxes on consumers, but it would subject companies to taxes in jurisdictions where they have no representation.
The Senate is set to vote on this bill soon. Use the form below to email your Senators in opposition this “fairness” tax-increase.