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Former House Speaker Enters Internet Tax Debate

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, R-GA, said late last week that his new public policy group, the Committee for New American Leadership, launched a Web Site called NoNet Tax, www.nonettax.net, in an effort to stop the taxation of the Internet.

The NAL is also planning additional public policy initiatives dedicated to preserving an Internet tax moratorium.

Before Gingrich departed the U.S. House of Representatives in 1998, he was responsible for appointing several members to the Advisory Commission on Electronic Commerce. Congress charged this group in the Internet Tax Freedom Act with deciding whether Internet-based transactions should be subject to state and local sales and use taxes, and if so, how.

Most of Gingrich’s choices focused on anti-Internet tax advocates: Gov. James Gilmore, R-VA, chairman of the ACEC; Americans for Tax Reform president Grover Norquist; Time Warner Inc. president Richard Parsons; California State Board of Equalization president Dean Andal; and Charles Schwab and Co. co-CEO David Pottruck.

The Web site is part of a larger NAL Web site, www.maxtax.com, that is being used to spread the association’s main message: to create a Max Tax that caps all taxation — state, federal and local combined — at no more than 25 percent of personal income, and to strengthen and preserve America’s crucial leadership role in the world.

“The purpose of this new committee is simply to create a parade of American people behind a banner of big ideas that is so strong the elected officials will be forced to lead it,” said Gingrich, in a statement. “We should use science, technology and entrepreneurship, combined with the basic principles that guide human behavior to create a wider range of choices, of better goods and services, at lower costs for every American, and ultimately every person in the world.”

The Committee also has a Web site, www.socialsecurityplus.org, dedicated to creating national support for personal, tax-free retirement accounts for every American worker who wants them. Another Web site, www.nodeathtax.net, is an effort to put an end to the death tax.

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