Sales Tax Initiative

    ABA Urges Federal and State Investigation of Amazon’s Business Practices

    This week, ABA launched a national advocacy campaign with letters urging the U.S. Congress, the 50 state attorneys general, and the 50 state governors to investigate Amazon for violations of antitrust laws.

    Federal Court Upholds Constitutionality of Colorado Use Tax Law

    On February 22, a federal appeals court overturned a lower court ruling that blocked Colorado from enforcing a law requiring out-of-state retailers to report use tax information to consumers and the Colorado Department of Revenue.

    New BookWeb Feature Shines Spotlight on Amazon

    Resources offering a wide range of information on Amazon and its effect on Main Street retailers can now be found in one place on BookWeb.org.

    The True Cost of Amazon Revealed in New Study

    At last week’s Winter Institute, Civic Economics and ABA released a groundbreaking new study, “Amazon and Empty Storefronts,” which details the overall negative impact that Amazon has had on Main Street retailers and jobs, and the communities in which they are located, across the country.

    Study Shows Sales Tax Advantage Aided Amazon Growth

    A recently updated study by Ohio State University’s Fisher College of Business drives home the point that the competitive advantage Amazon gained from not charging sales tax was as significant as Main Street retailers claimed — if not more so.

    Fact Sheet Warns of Amazon’s Negative Impact on Communities

    A fact sheet released by Advocates for Independent Business and the Institute for Local Self-Reliance provides eye-opening data that reveals how tax incentives and other assistance provided by local governments to Amazon does more harm than good to local economies.

    Michigan’s Main Street Retailers to Compete on Level Playing Field

    Starting October 1, Amazon and other online retailers with nexus in Michigan are required to collect and remit the state’s six percent sales tax.

    D.C. Indies to Mayor: Require Retailers Like Amazon to Collect Sales Tax

    Independent bookstores in the nation’s capital are urging Mayor Muriel Bowser to level the playing field for Main Street retailers by requiring remote sellers such as Amazon to collect and remit sales tax.

    Indie Coalition Hails New Rule Requiring Disclosure of Tax Breaks for Economic Development

    Advocates for Independent Business, a coalition of trade associations and other organizations representing locally owned, independent businesses, is cheering a new accounting rule requiring local and state governments to annually disclose the amount of tax breaks they give to corporations in the name of economic development.

    BTW News Briefs

    Texas-Amazon sales tax deal beneficial to state; Bodleian Library Publishing launches children’s imprint; Macmillan’s Sargent promoted at Holtzbrinck; Vatican official translates Diary of a Wimpy Kid into Latin; Columbia University Press to cease distribution of Dalkey Archive; Bookmasters signs distribution deals with Paragon House, Flame Tree Publishing

    Louisiana Governor Vetoes E-Fairness Bill

    On June 19, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal vetoed a bill that would have leveled the playing field for the state’s Main Street retailers. H.B. 555 required remote retailers with a broad network of affiliates in the state to collect and remit sales tax in the state.

    Main Street Alliance to Host Conference Call on E-Fairness Legislation

    On Monday, June 29, at 6:30 p.m. ET, the Alliance for Main Street Fairness, a coalition of small business owners, local retailers, and Main Street supporters, will be hosting a conference call to discuss the Remote Transaction Parity Act.

    Updated E-Fairness Map: Visual Evidence of Growth of Sales Tax Fairness

    ABA’s updated E-Fairness Map provides visual proof that more states than not are taking strides to level the playing field for Main Street retailers.

    Bipartisan E-Fairness Bill Introduced in U.S. House

    On Monday, June 15, Reps. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) and Steve Womack (R-AR) joined with a bipartisan group of legislators to introduce the Remote Transactions Parity Act, a bill that gives states the authority to require remote sellers doing $10 million or more in gross annual receipts to collect and remit sales tax to the states.

    Senators Call for E-Fairness to Be Added to the Permanent Internet Tax Freedom Act

    On June 8, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Permanent Internet Tax Freedom Act, a bill that would both permanently prohibit states from taxing access to the Internet and prohibit taxes on bandwidth and e-mail, according to media reports. 

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