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07 Oct
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House Antitrust Subcommittee Releases Long-Awaited Big Tech Report

The subcommittee proposed changes to antitrust law to rein in Big Tech’s power. Among additional recommendations were ways to make it easier to go after dominant platforms for predatory pricing.

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01 Apr

Preparing for an SBA Loan Application

Any small business that is planning to seek an SBA forgivable loan or grant during the COVID-19 crisis should be gathering its financial documentation now.

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01 Apr

ABA Joins Broad Coalition of Trade Associations in Urging Congress to Create COVID-19 Business Relief Fund

The Business and Employees Continuity and Recovery Fund would look to distribute federal funds and liquidity to impacted businesses and their employees.

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12 Jun

Music Licensing for the Uninitiated

If you play music in your bookstore, you need to understand what your legal responsibilities — and rights — are. Here's an up-to-date look at the major performing rights organizations, what they do, and the factors that dictate their licensing fees.

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27 Jun

Amazon to Begin Collecting Sales Tax July 1

On Monday, July 1, will begin collecting and remitting sales tax to New Jersey for purchases made by New Jersey residents.

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27 Jun

White House Updates in Advance of Health Exchanges

On Monday, June 24, the Obama Administration announced it had kicked off its Health Insurance Marketplace (also known as exchanges) education effort with a new “consumer-focused” website, as well as a 24/7 consumer call center designed to assist Americans in preparing for enrollment in the health exchanges.

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27 Jun

Marketplace Fairness Coalition Urges House to Consider Sales Tax Fairness

This week, the Marketplace Fairness Coalition (MFC) is urging the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on the Judiciary to hold a hearing on sales tax fairness. MFC includes among its members the American Booksellers Association, the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC), and the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA).

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20 Jun Drops Its Minnesota Affiliates to Avoid Sales Tax and other online retailers are terminating their affiliate programs in Minnesota to avoid triggering nexus, as reported by the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

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19 Jun

Booksellers Urged to Help Fight for Sales Tax Fairness in Face of Strong Opposition

Given the intensity of opponents’ campaign against The Marketplace Fairness Act of 2013, ABA is urging its members to contact their Congressperson.

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23 Apr

ABA Recommends Members Opt Out of Swipe Fee Settlement

In an April 19 e-mail to bookstore members regarding the class action settlement over rapidly rising Visa and MasterCard swipe fees, ABA recommended that members opt out and object to the settlement.

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