The New Hampshire Senate
Republican Majority Office
(CONCORD) The New Hampshire Senate today voted 17-6 to defeat a bill that would have imposed state taxes on internet service. SB 199 would have expanded the Communications Services Tax to include Voice Over Internet Protocol (VoIP), as well as on prepaid phones and phone cards sold in the state.
“The New Hampshire Legislature has been very clear in opposing new taxes on the Internet,” said Senate Ways and Means Committee Chair David Boutin (R-Hooksett). “New technology is letting people connect faster and cheaper. Adding news taxes to the internet would slow this important innovation, and undermine the laws we clarified just two years ago to keep the internet from being taxed.”
The Department of Revenue Administration estimates SB 199 would have increased taxes by $2 million a year next year, increasing as mobile phone and VoIP use increases.