BTW Articles

29 Nov

Massachusetts Governor Urges Amazon to Collect Sales Tax

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

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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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19 Nov

Small Business Majority, ABA Co-Sponsor Webinar on Tax Policy & Small Businesses

The Small Business Majority, the American Booksellers Association, and other organizations and companies are co-sponsoring a free webinar, “The Fiscal Cliff: What it Means for Your Bottom Line.

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14 Nov

Massachusetts Study Finds Online Loophole Costs Jobs, Sales, and Revenue

A study released this week by the Massachusetts Main Street Fairness Coalition shows that sales tax inequity has cost Massachusetts 1,970 new jobs, $279 million in sales to local businesses, and $387 million in state tax revenue.

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14 Nov

Despite Opposition, Judge Grants Preliminary Approval to Swipe Fee Deal

A U.S. District Court judge has granted preliminary approval to a proposed class-action settlement of a federal antitrust lawsuit over rapidly rising Visa and MasterCard credit card swipe fees despite opposition from 10 of the 19 named plaintiffs.

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13 Nov

Community Bankers Urge Consumers to Shop Local

Independent Community Bankers of America has launched a campaign to encourage shoppers to buy locally this holiday season.

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08 Nov

Retail Groups Submit Brief Opposing Swipe Fee Settlement

On November 1, 20 retailers and trade groups, including the American Booksellers Association, the National Association of College Stores, and the National Retail Federation, asked a judge to reject a proposed class-action settlement of a federal antitrust lawsuit over skyrocketing Visa and MasterCard credit card swipe fees.

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07 Nov

Amazon to Begin Sales Tax Collection in Arizona in February

On October 26, in its SEC quarterly filing, announced that, as part of a settlement with the state of Arizona, on February 1, 2013, the company would begin collecting and remitting transaction privilege tax (TPT, Arizona’s sales tax) to Arizona on in-state purchases.

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25 Oct

Revised Swipe Fee Deal Submitted for Preliminary Approval

On Friday, October 19, the nine remaining class plaintiffs submitted a revised proposed $7.25 billion settlement of a federal antitrust lawsuit over skyrocketing Visa and MasterCard credit card swipe fees to the court for preliminary approval.

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25 Oct

Four New Economic Studies Find Indies Have a Bigger Impact

Recently released studies focusing on the economic impact of indies in four different areas of the country have reached the same conclusion: Independent businesses return far more of their revenue to their local communities than do chains.

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