GAO Says Internet Tax Ban Says Something Different Than Authors Wrote
from the writing-laws-ain't-easy dept
We all know that writing clear laws that take into account every possible contingency is a nearly impossible task. However, it's still interesting to watch people try to twist an existing law to support a position that it pretty clear does not support. Two US Senators have come out arguing against a new report from the Government Accountability Office that claims the internet access tax ban they wrote actually allows states to tax wholesale internet access. The Senators point out that if anyone had actually called the authors of the law, they would point out that's not what the law intended at all, and could back it up with language in the statute and its legislative history. Still, if the GAO is coming out with a report saying that states can tax broadband resellers, you can bet it's because there are plenty of state and local governments who have been drooling at the possibility, and who may try to move forward with such taxes.