Sales Tax Initiative

    House Judiciary Chair Circulates Radically Different Sales Tax Bill

    U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Chair Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) has circulated draft sales tax fairness legislation that would ask most states to radically change their sales tax systems, according to media reports.

    Michigan Governor Signs E-Fairness Into Law

    On Thursday, January 15, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder signed the recently passed Main Street Fairness legislation into law, thereby leveling the playing field for the state’s Main Street retailers.

    Amazon Cuts Off Its Online Affiliates in Vermont

    In response to news that Amazon had fired its Vermont affiliates because of a 2011 e-fairness law that could potentially kick in this year, ABA and Advocates for Independent Business have launched an e-mail campaign asking Vermont indie retailers to contact Gov. Peter Shumlin in support of the law.

    Victory in Michigan: Legislature Approves E-Fairness Bill

    In late December, sales tax fairness proponents in Michigan won a big victory when the state legislature voted to pass e-fairness legislation.

    House Tables E-Fairness Legislation: Indies Look to States to Level Playing Field

    Late last week, Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives John Boehner dashed any hopes Main Street retailers had of getting a federal e-fairness solution passed during the lame-duck Congressional session.

    Ohio Indie Retailers Urge Speaker Boehner to Consider E-Fairness

    Seventeen small business owners representing 21 stores in Ohio have sent a letter to House Speaker John Boehner to express their strong disappointment regarding his lack of support for sales tax fairness.

    Supreme Court Considers Colorado Use Tax Reporting Law

    On December 8, the U.S. Supreme Court considered a challenge brought by the Direct Marketing Association regarding a 2010 Colorado law that requires out-of-state retailers to either collect and remit sales tax for purchases made by Colorado residents or to inform their Colorado customers that they owe use tax on the purchases they have made.

    Indies Urged to Join #Efairnessnow Social Media Campaign

    With just a few weeks left in the congressional session, the Advocates for Independent Business is urging indie businesses to participate in a grassroots social media campaign in support of e-fairness.

    AIB Re-Launches #efairnessnow as Congress Reconvenes

    Advocates for Independent Business has re-launched #efairnessnow, a grassroots social media campaign in support of e-fairness, in the hope that the campaign will go viral and catch the attention of members of Congress.

    More Than 320 Organizations Urge Speaker Boehner to Pass E-Fairness

    The Marketplace Fairness Coalition has sent a letter signed by more than 320 organizations to Speaker of the House John Boehner that urges him to tackle e-fairness in this legislative session.

    GOP Wins Muddle Long-Term E-Fairness Outlook

    With the results of the midterm elections now in, the long-term status of federal sales tax fairness legislation has become muddled; however, the lame-duck session of Congress still offers the best opportunity to pass federal sales tax fairness legislation, according to the Main Street Fairness Coalition.

    Visual Proof: ABA Map Shows State E-Fairness Efforts Are Growing and Succeeding

    While the status of federal sales tax legislation may be up in the air at present, an E-Fairness Map released this week by ABA makes one thing abundantly clear: The number of states tackling e-fairness on their own continues to grow.

    Amazon Strikes Tax Deal in Illinois

    Illinois state officials have announced that Amazon will be building a distribution center in the state and it’s expected that the online retailer will be receiving tax credits from the state. Under a new law that went into effect in August, Amazon is obligated to collect and remit sales tax to the state beginning January 1, 2015.

    BTW News Briefs

    France’s Patrick Modiano wins Nobel Prize for Literature; Mary Rasenberger named Authors Guild executive director; Policy research institute says Amazon should collect sales tax in Ohio; Free speech groups caution Waukesha School Board; Ingram Content Group opens POD facility in California; Winners of European Union Prize for Literature announced at Frankfurt

    ABA Member Meets with Congressman in Support of E-Fairness

    On September 25, Annell Gerson, co-owner of Bookmiser in Roswell, Georgia, joined with four other retailers to meet with Congressman Tom Price in support of e-fairness legislation. The face-to-face meeting is one of many being arranged by the Marketplace Fairness Coalition.


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