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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.

    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.

    Amazon to Begin Collecting Sales Tax in Florida

    Amazon.com will be required to collect and remit sales tax in Florida beginning May 1, according to media reports this week. The requirement to collect was part of a real estate deal to build  a 1.1 million-square-foot fulfillment center in Hillsborough County.

    Colorado House Passes Sales Tax Fairness Bill

    On April 14, the Colorado House of Representatives passed the Marketplace Fairness & Small Business Protection Act, a bill that would require remote retailers with nexus in the state to collect and remit sales tax on purchases made by Colorado residents.

    ABA Goes to Washington in Support of Sales Tax Fairness

    ABA recently met with the staff of six U.S. representatives on the House Committee on the Judiciary to urge them to reach a consensus in support of sales tax fairness legislation.

    House Judiciary Hearing Explores Alternatives to Marketplace Fairness Act

    On  March 12, the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on the Judiciary held a full committee hearing on the issue of sales tax fairness. The hearing focused on various ideas for collecting sales tax on remote sales not covered in the Marketplace Fairness Act of 2013.

    Sales Tax Fairness Hearing Rescheduled Due to Snowstorm

    Due to the snowstorm on March 3 in Washington, D.C., the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on the Judiciary hearing on sales tax fairness legislation scheduled for March 4 has been postponed until March 12. The postponement forced ABA to cancel its Advocacy Day planned for March 4.

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