Washington (Sept. 18, 2003) -- The U.S. House of Representatives voted Wednesday to permanently ban Internet usage taxes -- and wants nine states to repeal existing taxes.

The lawmakers passed a bill by voice vote that would solidify a ban on Internet access and traffic taxes which are due to expire in November, and also remove a grandfather clause allowing a handful of states to levy taxes in place before the ban was first passed in 1998.

The tax moratorium applies to all kinds of Internet access, including high-speed links taxed by some states.

-- WebCPA staff

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