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Congress Approves Bill Making Internet Tax Ban Permanent

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    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., speaks during the Senate Republicans' news conference on the "Internet Tax Ban and Customs Conference Report" on Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016.

    The U.S. Senate passed legislation on Thursday placing a permanent ban on states’ taxing Internet access, NBC News reported.

    The bill was approved with a 75-20 vote. It would toughen enforcement of U.S. duties on foreign goods and would ban some taxes on digital goods and services, according to Reuters.

    "Most Americans pay $0 in taxes to connect to the Internet. And thanks to a bill that passed today, you will never have to pay taxes just to get online, or pay more taxes for goods and services just because they're bought online," Democratic Senator Ron Wyden said in a statement.

    The legislation doesn’t address better enforcement of state sales tax collections on Internet purchases. Separate legislation could be considered by Congress later this year.

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    The measure will go to President Barack Obama for signing into law.