Voters care about Internet growth, not taxes

More than one-third of American voters care far more about the continued growth of the Internet than state and local governments' ability to collect taxes on electronic commerce, according to a recent poll.

The poll of 1,000 registered voters, released Tuesday by the Information Technology of Association of America, also found that 34 percent of the respondents would be less likely to make online or mail-order purchases if companies were required to collect sales taxes.

Respondents were opposed to electronic transaction taxes even if those governments would lose tax revenue from not collecting on Internet purchases, according to ITAA.

ITAA has 11,000 members nationwide and focuses on public policy issues concerning IT. The association is a member of the Internet Tax Fairness Coalition, which lobbies on behalf of the IT industry for non-discriminatory Internet taxation policy.

The poll was conducted Aug. 17-19 by Fabrizio-McLaughlin and Associates and was released immediately before the Advisory Commission on Electric Commerce, headed by Virginia Gov. James Gilmore (R), began meeting in New York City on Tuesday.

More information and findings are available at www.itaa.org.

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