BTW Articles

17 Jan

Indie Impact National Summary: Indies Give Back Over Three Times as Much as Chains

Communities as different as Las Vegas, New Mexico, and Louisville, Kentucky, have at least one thing in common: Their independent businesses recirculate a substantially greater proportion of their revenues back into the local economy than do their chain competitors.

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14 Mar

ABA Opposes Closed Generic Domains

ABA has submitted public comments to the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers to oppose the selling of closed generic TLDs, which would allow companies to secure exclusive rights to domains such as .read or .author.

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24 Jan

Digital Book World: Closing the Discovery Gap

Among the topics put forth at morning sessions on Thursday, January 17, at the Digital Book World Conference + Expo were a discussion on how Kobo is helping independent bookstores reach the e-book market and a look at consumers’ attitudes toward e-books and how they’ve changed over the course of just a few years.

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24 Jan

Amazon Ignores Georgia’s New Sales Tax Fairness Law

On January 1, 2013, Georgia’s affiliate nexus law went into effect, requiring online retailers with affiliates in the state to collect and remit sales tax to the state. But at least one high-profile company is still ignoring Georgia’s new sales tax law: Amazon.com.

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30 Jan

Health Care Reform Options for Small Business Owners Featured on New Site

The U.S. Small Business Administration has launched a new web page and blog dedicated to educating small business owners about the Affordable Care Act.

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28 Nov

Study Shows Strong Consumer Support for Congressional Action on E-Fairness

The International Council of Shopping Centers has released the results of a national poll that found a majority of Americans support the Congressional effort to require online retailers to collect sales tax at the point-of-purchase.

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30 Jan

Majority of U.S. Population Lives in States With Sales Tax Fairness

The national landscape regarding equitable sales tax collection has shifted dramatically, according to figures tabulated by ABA.

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29 Nov

Massachusetts Governor Urges Amazon to Collect Sales Tax

Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick has joined the chorus of retailers and others that believe Amazon.com should be required to collect and remit sales tax for purchases made by residents of the state.

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07 Feb

Connecticut Cuts Deal With Amazon

Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy has announced that as of November 1, 2013, Amazon.com will begin collecting state sales tax in exchange for opening a distribution center in Connecticut and bringing jobs to the state.

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06 Dec

Retailers to Appeal Preliminary Ruling in Proposed Interchange Settlement

On December 3, a majority of named class plaintiffs filed a notice of appeal to challenge a ruling from the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York that grants preliminary approval to a proposed settlement of a long-standing antitrust class action filed by merchants against Visa, MasterCard, and the largest banks.

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