CCIA Welcomes Lungren-Lofgren Resolution Against Internet Tax Collection

BY CCIA Staff
February 16, 2011

The Computer & Communications Industry Association (CCIA) applauds Rep. Dan Lungren (R-CA) and lead Democratic co-sponsor Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) for introducing the “Supporting the Preservation of Internet Entrepreneurs and Small Businesses” resolution (H.Res. 95), a bipartisan resolution opposing any Congressional legislation granting state governments authority to impose new burdensome or unfair tax collecting requirements on small online businesses and entrepreneurs.

By their leadership in introducing this Resolution, Rep. Lungren and Rep. Lofgren are demonstrating that they understand that small businesses are the engine of our economy and how important the continuing development of e-commerce is to it. It is also important to note that the resolution’s lead sponsors have had broad experience that includes service in state and local government as well as their service in Congress, and thus appreciate the full range of issues related to this type of proposal.

The following statement can be attributed to CCIA President & CEO Ed Black:

“CCIA has long opposed taxes on e-commerce as burdening on-line vendors with the task of sorting through the policies of thousands of taxing authorities around the country, and serving as revenue collection agencies for each of them. As innovation and entrepreneurship have always been the drivers of our economic growth, it is counterproductive to add to the administrative burdens of small businesses at the very moment we need them growing and leading our economic recovery.”

“E-commerce has enabled businesses to broaden their scope beyond traditional geographical limitations. Allowing states to impose geographically-based taxation collection requirements on e-commerce businesses would re-impose the very limitations that innovation has enabled them to overcome. It is heartening to know that there are those willing to stand up in support of innovation and entrepreneurship against retrogressive measures that would draft online vendors into service as remote sales tax collectors.”

Related Articles

New EU Distribution Rules Allow Discrimination Against Online Commerce

Jul 9, 2021

Brussels, BELGIUM — The European Commission has published its draft revisions to distribution rules known as the Vertical Block Exemption Regulation and the Vertical Guidelines (“VBER”). The VBER covers so-called vertical agreements between suppliers and their retailers or distributors. The updated rules replace the current rules on June 1, 2022. Digital distribution models have been…

Tech Association Response To House Bills Aimed At Handful of Tech Companies

Jun 11, 2021

Washington —  Democratic House Representatives on the House Judiciary Committee have introduced a series of interventionist bills with the aim of regulating a selected group of American digital service providers. These proposed regulations represent a shift from the market-oriented principles that have characterized U.S. economic policy. They would have a severe impact on U.S. economic…

CCIA Statement On the U.S. Innovation and Competition Act Passing the Senate

Jun 8, 2021

Washington – The Senate has approved a bill aimed at keeping the United States’ competitive edge as a leader in technology and innovation. The U.S. Innovation and Competition Act would strengthen U.S. leadership in critical technologies, such as artificial intelligence, high performance computing, and advanced manufacturing, and the commercialization of those technologies to businesses in…