Sales Tax Initiative

    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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    2015 Children’s Choices List released; PEN calls for 2016 literary awards submissions; Nebraska votes to reduce property taxes when federal e-fairness passes; 27th Annual Lambda Literary Award winners announced; Midwest Booksellers Choice Awards finalists announced; Zazzle and Candlewick Press launch online shop

    Amazon Now Collecting Sales Tax in Ohio

    Amazon began collecting sales tax on purchases made by Ohio residents on Monday, June 1; however, the decision to collect is part of deal to build data centers in the state that includes millions in tax subsidies, as well as land and tax deals.

    E-Fairness Addressed at Regulatory Reform Hearing

    Though marketplace fairness legislation was not on Tuesday’s formal agenda for the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Regulatory Reform, Commercial, and Antitrust Law, members of Congress and key witnesses made clear that it remains the top issue for Congress to address on state taxation issues.

    ILSR: Local Officials Must Say No to Amazon Tax Breaks

    In this commentary from the op-ed page of the Minneapolis Star Tribune, the Institute for Local Self-Reliance explains why the news that Amazon wants to expand its footprint in Minnesota — but only if it wins significant public subsidies — should put taxpayers and public officials on high alert.

    E-Fairness Bills in Louisiana Unanimously Clear Ways & Means Committee

    On Tuesday, the Louisiana House Ways & Means Committee held a hearing on affiliate nexus bills that would require remote retailers to collect and remit sales tax in the state. Testifying in support of the bills was ABA member Tom Lowenburg of Octavia Books.

    Ohio Booksellers Urged to Call on Governor to Support E-Fairness

    ABA is urging booksellers to follow up a letter sent by B&N CEO Michael P. Huseby and ABA CEO Oren Teicher to Ohio Gov. John Kasich with their own letters calling for an e-fairness solution in the state.

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    CBC and WNDB partner on internship program; GLIBA, MIBA bestseller lists debut; Shortlists announced for 2015 PEN Literary Awards; SIBA Book Award finalists announced; ALA releases list of most frequently challenged books of 2014; S&S’s Wendy Sheanin promoted; New Zealand booksellers and retailers launch eFairness campaign

    Barnes & Noble and ABA Join Again on Sales Tax Fairness

    This week, ABA CEO Oren Teicher and B&N CEO Michael P. Huseby sent a letter to Ohio Gov. John Kasich calling for a state sales tax fairness solution.

    State Takes Up Justice Kennedy’s Challenge to Rewrite Nexus

    With the outlook on federal sales tax fairness unclear, a Washington State lawmaker has introduced legislation that he believes could lead the U.S. Supreme Court to re-evaluate nexus in states.

    Marketplace Fairness Act Reintroduced in Senate

    On Tuesday, a group of U.S. senators reintroduced the Marketplace Fairness Act, a bill that would level the playing field for Main Street retailers.

    EU Court: E-Books Cannot Be Taxed the Same as Paper Books

    On March 5, the European Union’s top court ruled that EU countries must charge the full value-added tax on e-books. The court found that e-books are not subject to the same tax reductions as physical books, as they are considered a service.

    Supreme Court Justice Opens Door for E-Fairness

    A U.S. Supreme Court ruling that sent a challenge to a Colorado use tax law back to federal court has sparked hope among proponents of e-fairness.

    2015 Survey Finds Strong Sales Growth for Independent Businesses Buoyed by Public Support

    Independent businesses experienced strong sales growth in 2014 as more consumers embraced the “buy local” movement and ditched big companies in favor of supporting local retailers and small-scale producers, according to the 2015 Independent Business Survey, conducted by the Institute for Local Self-Reliance in partnership with Advocates for Independent Business.

    Amazon to Collect Sales Tax in Illinois Starting February 1

    Amazon will begin collecting and remitting sales tax in Illinois beginning February 1 as part of a deal the online retailer struck with state officials in October 2014.


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