WASHINGTON, June 18 A U.S. ban on Internet taxes
that has been in place since 1998 would be made permanent under
legislation approved on Wednesday by a congressional committee.
The bill, sponsored by Republican Representative Bob
Goodlatte, will go next to the full House of Representatives,
where the timing for a vote has not been determined. Previous
extensions of the Internet tax ban have had broad bipartisan
support in the House and the Senate. The ban is set to expire in
In a 30-4 vote, the House Judiciary Committee passed the
bill, which would permanently prevent state and local
governments from enacting Internet connection taxes. It would
also keep municipal governments from levying taxes on Internet
purchases where there is no equivalent store or mail-order tax.
The Internet tax ban has been renewed three times. It is
scheduled to expire on November 1. The ban does not cover state
sales taxes that municipal lawmakers are trying to levy online.
The bill was supported by e-commerce companies including AOL
Inc, eBay Inc, Facebook Inc, Oracle Corp
, VeriSign Inc and Yahoo Inc.
(Reporting by Patrick Temple-West; Editing by Kevin Drawbaugh
and Grant McCool)