BTW Articles

08 Feb

Arizona Sales Tax Fairness Bill Clears Senate Committee

SB 1338, a bipartisan sales tax fairness bill introduced in late January, cleared Arizona’s Senate Commerce Committee on Wednesday, February 8. If the bill is enacted, Arizona could recapture more than 5,400 total jobs and stop future job losses, according to a recent study.

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12 Apr

Court Strikes Down Colorado E-Fairness Law

A U.S. District Court struck down as unconstitutional a sales tax fairness law in Colorado that required out-of-state retailers to either collect and remit sales tax for purchases made by Colorado residents or inform their Colorado customers that they owe use tax on any purchase they have made.

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16 Nov

Sales Tax Fairness Bills Include Small-Seller Exemptions

Both the U.S. Senate’s Marketplace Fairness Act and the House’s Marketplace Equity Act, which would provide states with the authority to require remote sellers to collect and remit sales tax in the state, include small-seller exemptions.

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08 Feb

Booksellers Urged to Meet With Lawmakers

ABA is urging members to meet with federal lawmakers at their district offices to express support for bipartisan sales tax fairness legislation currently under consideration in the House and Senate.

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16 Nov

Booksellers Share Their Experiences of Sales Tax Fairness Advocacy Day in D.C.

 With the movement to pass a national sales tax fairness bill gaining momentum in Congress, BTW asked three booksellers who participated in ABA’s recent Sales Tax Fairness Advocacy Day in Washington, D.C., about their experiences and the importance of meeting with legislators.

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08 Feb

A Refresher on SBA’s Microloan Program

For booksellers seeking small, short-term loans, the SBA’s Microloan Program may be the answer. Here’s a refresher on key features of the program, which offers loans up to $50,000 to start-up, newly established, or growing small businesses.

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22 Nov

4 Kids Owner Advocates for Sales Tax Fairness

Cynthia Compton of 4 Kids Books & Toys in Zionsville, Indiana, was one of about 40 retailers taking part in a November 16 sales tax advocacy day in Washington, D.C., organized by the Alliance for Main Street Fairness.

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16 Feb

Amazon Seeks Tax Exemption in New Jersey, Announces New Warehouse in Delaware

Amazon.com is promising New Jersey that it will open two warehouses in the state in exchange for a 22-month sales tax exemption even as it announced plans to open a $90 million, 1.2 million-square-foot warehouse in Delaware, a state that does not collect and remit sales tax.

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01 Dec

House Judiciary Committee Holds Hearing on Sales Tax Fairness

On Wednesday, November 30, the U.S. House Committee on the Judiciary held a hearing to discuss the authority of states to collect sales tax on online purchases.

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16 Feb

Virginia Senate Overwhelmingly Passes Sales Tax Fairness Bill

On February 10, the Virginia Senate passed a sales tax fairness bill by a margin of 34-6. Senate Bill 597 would require retailers with warehouses or distribution centers in Virginia, such as Amazon.com, to collect and remit sales tax for purchases made by Virginia residents.

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