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The Honorable James S. Gilmore, III
Commonwealth of Virginia


Mr. Dean F. Andal
California Board of Equalization

Mr. C. Michael Armstrong
Chairman and CEO,

Mr. Joseph H. Guttentag
Senior Advisor to the Assistant Secretary for Tax Policy
U.S. Department of the Treasury

The Honorable Paul C. Harris Sr. Delegate
Virginia House of Delegates

The Honorable Delna Jones
Washington County, Oregon

The Honorable Ron Kirk
City of Dallas

The Honorable Michael O. Leavitt
State of Utah

Mr. Gene N. Lebrun
President (1997-1999)
National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws

The Honorable Gary Locke
State of Washington

Mr. Grover Norquist
Americans for Tax Reform

Mr. Robert Novick
General Counsel
U.S. Trade Representative

Mr. Richard Parsons
Time Warner, Inc.

Mr. Andrew Pincus
General Counsel
U.S. Department of Commerce

Mr. Robert Pittman
President & Chief Operating Officer
America Online

Mr. David Pottruck
President & co-Chief Executive Officer
Charles Schwab and Company

Mr. John W. Sidgmore
Vice Chairman
MCI WorldCom and Chairman UUNET

Mr. Stanley Sokul
Independent Consultant
Association for Interactive Media

Mr. Theodore Waitt
Gateway, Inc.

For Immediate Release
December 8, 1999

Press Contact:
Debbie Neville
O'Keeffe & Company, Inc.
(703) 883-9000, ext. 104

Advisory Commission on Electronic Commerce Posts Issues & Policy Options Paper
Commission Preps for San Francisco Meeting Next Week

Arlington, VA - December 10, 1999 - The Advisory Commission on Electronic Commerce today released its Issues and Policy Options Paper, which the Commission will consider at its meeting in San Francisco next week. The Paper, submitted by the Commission's Report Drafting Subcommittee to the full Commission, includes a distillation of discussions at the Commission's previous meetings and considerable input from Commissioners. The Commission's Work Plan, approved at its New York meeting in September, called for creation of the Paper. The 25-page Paper has been posted on the Commission's Web site at It consists of an introduction, endnotes, some areas of potential agreement that surfaced in the drafting process, and the following seven sections:

  • International Tax and Tariff Issues
  • Tax Treatment of Internet Access
  • Tax Treatment of Telecommunications Service Providers
  • The Application of Transactions Taxes to Sales Conducted Through the Internet
  • Impact on Business Activity Taxes
  • Redress Mechanism for Imposition of Unconstitutional State and Local Taxes
  • Digital Divide

In addition, the Commission will hear presentations from representatives of 14 of the 37 proposals the Commission received. The inputs were submitted in response to the Commission's invitation for proposals regarding possible taxation of electronic commerce transactions. The meeting will be held Tuesday and Wednesday, December 14-15 in the Colonial Room of the St. Francis Hotel in San Francisco. The meeting will be Web-cast through the Commission's Web site where a detailed agenda is also available.

About the Advisory Commission on Electronic Commerce

Appointed by Congress in October 1998 as part of the Internet Tax Freedom Act, the 19-member Commission has been tasked with studying the impact of federal, state, local and international taxation and tariffs on transactions using the Internet and Internet access. The Commission's recommendations are due to Congress no later than April 21, 2000.

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