BTW Articles

23 Feb

More E-Fairness News: Virginia Closes Loophole, Kansas Holds Hearing

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell’s office announced this week that an agreement on sales tax fairness legislation had been reached with Amazon.com, members of the General Assembly, and key retailers. In Kansas, ABA Board member Sarah Bagby of Watermark Books & Café testified before a state Senate committee in support of sales tax fairness legislation.

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07 Dec

ICSC Ads and Videos Promote Sales Tax Fairness

The International Council of Shopping Centers has placed full-page ads in support of sales tax equity in a number of publications, including the New York Times. In addition, the organization has launched a sales tax fairness video series, with the first featuring Betsy Burton of The King’s English Bookshop.

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01 Mar

Utah House Passes Sales Tax Fairness Bill

On Thursday, March 1, the Utah House of Representatives passed H.B. 384, legislation that would require remote retailers with nexus in Utah via distribution centers or subsidiaries to collect and remit sales tax.

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08 Dec

Pennsylvania Clarifies Sales Tax Nexus Laws

A December 1 Pennsylvania Department of Revenue regulatory bulletin makes it clear that under existing sales tax laws remote sellers with nexus in the state through warehouses or online affiliates are required to collect and remit sales tax for purchases made in state.

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08 Mar

Arizona and Utah Senates Act on Sales Tax Fairness Legislation

The Arizona state Senate is voting today on SB 1338, legislation that would clarify sales tax laws in the state by requiring any company with a warehouse or distribution center in Arizona to collect and remit sales tax. Meanwhile, in Utah the state Senate overwhelmingly passed similar legislation.

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23 Sep

California Governor Signs Amended Sales Tax Fairness Bill

On Friday, September 23, Gov. Jerry Brown signed an amended sales tax fairness bill that was the result of a last-minute deal California lawmakers made with Amazon.com.

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15 Dec

Takin’ It to the Press: Betsy Burton on Amazon’s Egregious Behavior

In response to Amazon’s price app promo, Betsy Burton of The King’s English penned a Letter to the Editor of the Salt Lake Tribune. She’s encouraging other booksellers to do the same in order to capitalize on the recent media attention to focus on why indies matter.

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08 Mar

New Jersey Holds Hearing on Amazon Tax Exemption

At press time, the New Jersey Senate Budget Committee was scheduled to hold a hearing on S. 1762, legislation that would provide Amazon.com a temporary sales tax exemption in exchange for the retailer’s opening two warehouses in the state.

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28 Sep

SBA Lends at Record Levels

Since the enactment of the Small Business Jobs Act of 2010, the U.S. Small Business Administration has been lending at record levels. Booksellers can learn about SBA’s loan programs and more at the upcoming regional trade shows.

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21 Dec

Lawmakers Introduce Bipartisan Plan to Expand Health Care Choices

Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) have introduced a proposal that they say would strengthen Medicare and, in the process, expand health care choices for seniors, individuals under 65, and small businesses.

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