House passes bill to make online access tax moratorium permanent

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Washington, D.C.--The U.S. House of Representatives Wednesday passed a bill to permanently extend the moratorium on Internet access taxes and "multiple or discriminatory" taxes on e-commerce.

The bill does not address the issue of remote sales tax collection.

The Direct Marketing Association called the bill an "important piece of legislation" and urged the Senate to pass a similar measure promptly.

U.S. Treasury Secretary John Snow and Commerce Secretary Don Evans praised the move as well. "A permanent moratorium means a permanent victory for American consumers and businesses," they said in a joint statement.

--Carol Krol

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