House Approves Bill on Banning Internet Access Taxes

The House of Representatives has approved a bill banning internet access taxes.

ULAN BATOR, MONGOLIA - JULY 15: A Mongolian plays a computer game at an Internet cafe July 15, 2003 in Ulan Bator, Mongolia. According to the Mongolian tourism board, e-mail and the Internet are now very popular with Mongolia's younger generation. (Photo by Oleg Nikishin/Getty Images)

HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) -- The House of Representatives has approved a bill banning Internet access taxes.

This is the third time in 16 years Congress has temporarily extended the Permanent Internet Tax Freedom Act. If the Senate does not approve this bill, states would be responsible for setting the tax rate.

Rockingham County administrator Joe Paxton said if the ban on taxes is overturned, it would not impact the local governments, it would affect businesses.

If the ban is approved, then it would prevent state and local governments from placing taxes on those using the Internet.

Paxton said the problem would be determining who would actually set the tax, since there has been no real proposal on how the rate would be based.

One local florist uses the Internet for her business every single day.

Abby Long, the owner of Blakemore's Flower Shop, said she couldn't imagine being taxed to use the Internet, even if it is the difference between dollars and cents.

"I think it could definitely change the way we do business. We may not be able to have an e-florist site or sell things online," Long said.

The legislation is now in the hands of the Senate, which has to approve the bill before it become a law.

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