Sales Tax Initiative

    #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.

    BTW News Briefs

    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. 

    BTW News Briefs

    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.

    Judiciary Rushes Through Ban on Taxing Internet Access

    On Wednesday, the U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee approved the Permanent Internet Tax Freedom Act, which places a ban on state and local taxation of Internet access. The Marketplace Fairness Coalition urged the committee to treat e-fairness with the same sense of urgency.

    Make Time to Talk About Advocacy

    Booksellers are invited to set up an appointment to discuss advocacy issues with David Grogan, ABA senior public policy analyst, in the Indie Bookseller Lounge at BEA.

    Add Advocacy to Your BEA Schedule

    Booksellers looking to catch up on a range of public policy issues affecting their businesses are encouraged to set up an appointment to meet with David Grogan in the ABA Indie Bookseller Lounge at BEA.

    Initiative Aims to Collect Voices of Main Street

    The Alliance for Main Street Fairness “Voices of Main Street Movement” asks small business owners to leave an audio testimonial, via a dedicated toll-free phone line, explaining why the U.S. House of Representatives needs to act on sales tax fairness legislation.

    Booksellers Call for Sales Tax Fairness in New ABA Video, Virginia Sales Tax Commercial

    Ten ABA members offer testimonials calling for sales tax fairness in a new video now available on YouTube. And two Virginia booksellers appear in a new sales tax fairness commercial released by the International Council of Shopping Centers.

    University Study Confirms Sales Tax Inequity Benefits Online Retailers

    A recent study by researchers at Ohio State University’s Fisher College of Business shows that remote retailers do indeed enjoy a competitive advantage by not collecting sales tax at the point of sales.

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