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.

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    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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    Congress to take up e-fairness post-election; Amazon to collect in Minnesota and Maryland

    #efairnessnow Campaign Picks Up Steam

    ABA is urging its member bookstores to help the #efairnessnow social media campaign go viral by posting campaign images on their Facebook and Twitter feeds, or, as Harvard Book Store in Cambridge did, create and post their own #efairnessnow image.

    Howorth: Sales Tax Inequity an 800-Pound Gorilla

    On September 17, the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal published a letter calling for e-fairness from Richard Howorth, the owner of Square Books. The letter was written in response to an article that noted Mississippi is one of 10 states most reliant on sales taxes as a share of revenue.

    #efairnessnow Social Media Campaign Rolls Out

    ABA is urging booksellers to help make a new social media campaign go viral. The campaign #efairnessnow was launched last week by Advocates for Independent Business.

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    ICSC poll finds support for e-fairness at all-time high; Chase and Google to award small business grants; Study analyzes reading habits of Millennials; Man Booker Prize shortlist revealed; Neil Gaiman to present lifetime achievement award to Ursula Le Guin; Ellen Chodosh named director of NYU Press

    Barnes & Noble and ABA Urge Congress to Act Now on E-Fairness

    Barnes & Noble has joined the American Booksellers Association in supporting sales tax fairness by urging Congress not to delay in passing e-fairness legislation in the closing weeks of this legislative session.

    ABA President Steve Bercu Makes Case for E-Fairness at NRF Retail Advocates Summit

    On July 29 and 30, retailers from across the country, including ABA President Steve Bercu, gathered in Washington, D.C., to participate in the National Retail Federation’s Retail Advocates Summit to advocate on a number of key policy issues. 

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    West Virginia collects $19 million in sales tax from online retailers; NAIBA seeks Independent Bookstore Day logo; Cape Henlopen school board does away with reading list; Macmillan expands public library e-lending pilot program

    Small Businesses Cheer Introduction of Marketplace and Internet Tax Fairness Act

    On Thursday, July 17, in a letter sent to every member of the U.S. Senate, Advocates for Independent Business urged congressional support for the Marketplace and Internet Tax Fairness Act, which was introduced in the Senate on Tuesday, July 15.

    Supreme Court to Consider Colorado’s Sales Tax Reporting Law

    The U.S. Supreme Court will hear a challenge brought by the Direct Marketing Association regarding the constitutionality of a 2010 Colorado law requiring 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.


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