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ABA is committed to making a difference in the lives of its members. Through direct engagement in political and trade-related efforts comes change and progress—improved publisher trade terms; the adoption of sales tax fairness laws and resolutions; increased consumer awareness of shopping locally; and governmental activity on behalf of small businesses.

Advocacy Update

April 17, 2014 will be required to collect and remit sales tax in Florida beginning May 1, according to media reports this week. The requirement to collect was part of a real estate deal to build  a $...

April 16, 2014

On April 14, the Colorado House of Representatives passed the Marketplace Fairness & Small Business Protection Act (HB 1269), a bill that would require remote retailers with nexus in the state...

April 1, 2014

On Wednesday, March 26, the American Booksellers Association met with key U.S. representatives in Washington, D.C., in support of sales tax fairness.

ABA Senior Public Policy Analyst David...

Sales Tax Fairness

Understanding Sales Tax Fairness (E-Fairness)

Majority of U.S. Population Lives in States With Sales Tax Fairness
As of January, 2013, the data shows that 57 percent of the U.S. population currently resides in states with sales tax fairness laws. And 48 percent of the population lives in states where collects and remits sales tax. Read more....and see map below for specifics.


Amazon currently collects sales tax in eight states, which contain about 30 percent of the U.S. population. These states are shown in dark blue and dark green. In the dark green states, Amazon has a physical presence, such as a warehouse, and thereby has sufficient “nexus” for the state to compel it to collect sales taxes owed by in-state residents.  The dark blue states (New York and California) have passed “affiliate nexus” laws, which clarify that Amazon’s in-state sales affiliates constitute nexus for sales tax purposes. (Pennsylvania, where Amazon operates several distribution facilities, has also adopted an affiliate nexus law.)

With its network of distribution facilities growing, Amazon is also slated to begin collecting sales tax in at least eight other states (shown in light green) over the next four years.

Seven more states (light blue) have enacted affiliate nexus laws, but Amazon is not collecting sales tax in these states, either because it has terminated its in-state sales affiliates, the law has not yet taken effect (Vermont), or the law is suspended pending the outcome of a court case (Illinois).

Map copyright 2013, The Institute for Local Self-Reliance.Used with permission.

E-Fairness State by State

With states facing significant budget shortfalls, there is a tremendous opportunity to win victories for sales tax equity around the country. ABA has created an E-Fairness Action Kit (E-FACT) that provides booksellers with crucial, state-specific tools to help them in their e-fairness outreach efforts.

Find Your State and Get Started 

More State-by-State: Contact Your Federal Representatives

Spotlight On…

Amazon's Business Practices

“Behind the smile”: a four-part series providing a glimpse inside the company (Seattle Times)

“The Amazon Effect” (The Nation)

"Amazon Economy: From Warehouse to Powerhouse" (Financial Times)

“Amazon a Virtual No-show in Hometown Philanthropy” (Seattle Times)

"Amazon Ranked Among Worst Performers in Addressing Climate Change" (

Amazon and Job Creation

“ and the President’s Blind Spot on Job Creation” (Jeff Milchen, Bloomberg Businessweek)

“The Truth About Amazon and Job Creation” (Stacy Mitchell, ILSR)

Amazon and the Book Industry

“As Competition Wanes, Amazon Cuts Back Discounts” (New York Times

“Amazon Yanks 5,000 titles from Independent Publishers Group, a Chicago Book Distributor” (Chicago Tribune)

“ Trying to Wring Deep Discounts from Publishers” (Seattle Times)

“Publishing’s Ecosystem on the Brink: The Backstory” (Authors Guild)

"E-book Suit May Shift Power Back to Amazon" (Financial Times)

“The Antidote to Algorithms: A Real Bookstore” (Ann Patchett, Wall Street Journal, subscription required)

“Amazon Bullies Independent Publishers” (Dennis Johnson, Melville House)

“Hold the Applause for” (Jeff Milchen, AlterNet)

Tax Avoidance and Government Subsidies

“Amazon’s (Not So Secret) War on Taxes” (Fortune, subscription required)

“After 20 Years, Congress May Finally Pass Internet Sales Tax. Is it Too Late?” (Stacy Mitchell, ILSR)

“States Fight Back Against’s Tax Deals” (Seattle Times)

“Amazon’s Billion-Dollar Tax Shield” (Reuters)

“To Help Main Street, Close the Internet Sales Tax Loophole” (Jeff Milchen, Bloomberg Businessweek)

"House of Lords Says Amazon-style Tax Avoidance Schemes Must End (The Guardian)

Amazon as an Employer  Working Conditions

“Amazon Warehouse Jobs Push Workers to Physical Limit” (Seattle Times)

“I Was a Warehouse Wage Slave” (Mother Jones)

“Inside Amazon’s Warehouse” (Allentown Morning Call)

“Amazon Faces Strike Threat in Germany Over Pay, Conditions” (Reuters)

"Amazon Gets Taste of the Old World With Strike in Germany" (Financial Times)

Jeff Bezos/Amazon and the Washington Post

“Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos to Buy Washington Post” (Washington Post)

“How Jeff Bezos Will Change Washington” (Joshua Green, Bloomberg Businessweek)

“Bezos and the Washington Post: A Skeptical View” (John Cassidy, The New Yorker)

"Jeff Bezos Bought the Washington Post, But So Did Amazon" (

“What Amazon Lobbies for in D.C.” (Ezra Klein, Washington Post)


“Amazon: How a Single Company Gained a Stranglehold over Online Shopping and the Future of Retail” (ILSR)

“Ten Charts: Why Wall Street Loves Amazon and Hates Apple” (CNN Money)

Grateful acknowledgements to Stacy Mitchell, senior researcher with the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, and Jeff Milchen, co-director of the American Independent Business Alliance, in compililng these links. Further information from both organizations on Amazon is available here [] and here [].