BTW Articles

04 Aug

Senator Durbin Introduces Main Street Fairness Act, Federal Sales Tax Fairness Legislation

On Friday, July 29, Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) introduced the Main Street Fairness Act, federal sales tax fairness legislation that would authorize states under the Streamlined Sales and Use Tax Agreement (SSUTA) to require remote retailers to collect and remit sales tax in those states.

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10 Aug

ABA Urges Senators to Support Main Street Fairness Act

This week, ABA CEO Oren Teicher wrote to Senators Susan Collins and Olympia J. Snowe of Maine to urge them to support the Main Street Fairness Act. In a recent news article, Sen. Snowe said she opposed the federal sales tax fairness legislation and Sen. Collins expressed doubts.

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17 Aug

Sales Tax Fairness Issue Heats Up in Tennessee

Earlier this month, state Sen. Randy McNally and Rep. Charles Sargent sought the Tennessee Attorney General’s legal opinion as to whether companies that maintain warehouse or distribution facilities in the state are already required to collect and remit sales tax under current sales tax laws.

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10 Sep

California Legislature Passes Amended Sales Tax Fairness Bill into Law

Late Friday, September 9, California legislators voted overwhelmingly to approve an amended sales tax fairness bill that would provide with a one-year sales tax exemption while increasing the minimum small business exemption to $1 million from $500,000 in annual sales.

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15 Sep

Booksellers Urged to Action in Support of Main Street Fairness

ABA is urging members to contact their senators and governor in support of the Main Street Fairness Act, which was introduced by Sen. Dick Durbin in late July. A template letter that can be adapted and sent is available.

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22 Sep

Tennessee Study Projects Sales Tax Inequity to Cost More Than 10,000 Jobs

A new study released this week estimates that over the next five years, the failure of remote, online retailers to collect sales tax will cost the state of Tennessee more than 10,000 jobs and about $3 billion in revenue.

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22 Sep

Michigan Lawmakers Introduce Sales Tax Fairness Legislation

On Tuesday, Michigan state representatives Eileen Kowall (R) and Jim Ananich (D) joined with bricks-and-mortar retailers, including Matt Norcross of McLean & Eakin Booksellers, at a press event to introduce the Michigan Main Street Fairness Act.

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17 Jun

New Op-Ed in E-Fairness Action Kit

A new template op-ed tackling the irony in's recent decision to sell its Kindle e-reader in Target stores nationwide has been added to the E-Fairness Action Kit on Booksellers are encouraged to adapt the op-ed and send it to their local newspapers.

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30 Jun

Booksellers Asked to Contact Candidates Re Sales Tax Fairness

ABA is asking member booksellers in the states that collect sales tax but that do not currently have e-fairness laws to urge both gubernatorial and state legislative candidates to make sales tax fairness a part of their agenda.

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08 Jul

Rep. Delahunt Introduces Sales Tax Fairness Bill

Rep. William Delahunt has introduced the Main Street Fairness Act, which would authorize the 24 states that are part of the Streamlined Sales and Use Tax Agreement to require remote retailers to collect and remit sales tax on orders in their states.

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