Senate passes Internet Tax Freedom Forever Act

by Cassidy Belus

WASHINGTON D.C. – The U.S. Senate today overwhelmingly passed Senator Jon Tester’s bipartisan legislation that permanently bans government excise taxes on folks who use the Internet.

Tester’s bipartisan Internet Tax Freedom Forever Act permanently extends the moratorium that restricts federal, state, or local governments from imposing an excise tax on Internet access. Without this legislation, Montanans would see an automatic 3.75 percent tax on their Internet access bills.

“Reliable and affordable internet access is critical to the success of families, schools, and businesses across Montana,” Tester said. “My bill prevents new taxes from being imposed and allows folks the freedom to continue to use the world’s greatest source of information.”

The Internet Tax Freedom Forever Act was included in the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act, which was passed by the Senate today 75-20 The measure now goes to the President’s desk for signature.