cr> Florida Action on “Modem Taxes”


Craig A. Johnson

FYI.  An account of action to stop "modem taxes."


Date:          Fri, 23 Feb 1996 13:01:56 -0500
From:          Dave Farber <•••@••.•••>
Subject:       IP: Re: IP: A Kick in the Flat-Fee Access by Meeks
To:            •••@••.••• (interesting-people mailing list)

Date: Fri, 23 Feb 1996 12:51:20 -0500
From: •••@••.••• (George Pilat)
To: •••@••.•••

Dave -

Thank you for the very interesting article by Brock Meeks concerning
the possible "Internet service tax."

To bring you up to speed, the Florida Department of Revenue is
presently working on this very issue.  They are attempting to have
Internet providers (and all Florida BBS's, as well) charge a
"telecommunications tax" for their computer services.

The Florida Department of Revenue is attempting to say that Internet
providers (and BBS's) are telecommunications companies and, as such,
should be collecting the additional tax from their customers.  This
could add up to 17.5% on the existing fees.  It seems to me, this goes
directly against what the President Clinton and Vice-president Gore
have been promoting - reasonable priced (pronounced: cheap) Internet
access for America (NII).

We are not standing idle, while this is taking place (as Mr. Meeks
points out in his article).  A group has been formed called COST
(Committee On State Taxation).  There are some heavy hitters.  A few
of the members are: Microsoft, Prodigy, GE, GTE, IBM, Compuserve, AOL
and <smile> just to mention a few.

Anyone that would like further information may contact Suzanna Pilat
(•••@••.•••) or vist the web site:

The web site will be updated as more information becomes available.

Feel free to post this to the list.



George R. Pilat


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