Too Often, Government Unjustly Seizes Property

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We are too familiar with government-imposed taxes on income, property and consumption.  But there is a sleazier class of economic attack favored by some in government; eminent domain seizures and civil forfeiture.  These seizures are narrowly focused on assets of an individual and conducted without the owner’s assent.  In some cases, the purported justification is […]

Florida’s Legislative Opportunity to Save Consumers Money

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There are several important issues scheduled for this legislative session in Florida that are worth noting because they will reduce taxes and fraud, thereby saving consumers money. First, companion bills HB 7141 and SB 110 take steps to reduce cell phone taxes. Florida consumer pay over 20% tax on cell phone bills each month. For young, minorities and […]

ACI in the Tallahassee Democrat: Cell Tax Cut is Sensible

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As part of Florida’s budget, Governor Scott proposed to cut the cell phone and TV tax rate by 3.6 percentage points. When approved by the Florida Legislature, the tax cut will save Floridians $470 million annually. These services are taxed at 9.17% for cell phone and cable TV and 13.17% for satellite TV services – […]

Taxing the Internet is a Bad Idea

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Earlier this month, House members introduced a new bill that would make the Internet Tax Freedom Act permanent. First passed in 1998, the Internet Tax Freedom Act was a 15-year ban on the taxation of Internet access. The bill has been continually extended in a patchwork fashion, most recently at the end of 2014 to […]

High Consumer Costs of Net Neutrality

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The fight over net neutrality continues to rage as more tech companies just recently join the fight. This time, though, 60 major tech companies joined to come out against Title II reclassification, which would reclassify broadband as a public utility under the Telecommunications Act, much the same as telephone lines currently are. Title II reclassification […]

Your Internet Prices Could Go Up Due to Taxes: ACI Quoted in Multichannel News

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The following quote comes from Multichannel News and the entire piece can be read online: “Internet Service Providers currently pay taxes, as do many other businesses. Telecommunications services and public utility services also pay taxes, but generally higher rates. The Internet Tax Freedom Act does not change any of that,” said ACI President Steve Pociask. “As […]

Broadband Taxes Could Be on the Way

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Federal Appeal Courts have twice tossed the FCC’s attempts to impose populist regulations called Net Neutrality on the Internet Service providers offering broadband service.  The FCC was harangued into forbidding providers from the notion of offering “fast lanes” for services that work better at higher speed.  Populists powered by “one-size-fits-all” thinking refuse to pay for […]