BTW Articles

06 Sep

Study Finds Shopping Local Generates Almost Four Times the Economic Benefit

A new study conducted in Salt Lake City, Utah, has found that indies generate almost four times as much economic benefit for the surrounding region as do chains.

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30 Aug

ABA Releases Updated Sales Tax Fairness FAQ

This week, the American Booksellers Association published an updated “Sales Tax Fairness FAQ.”  The FAQ provides booksellers with quick, easy-to-understand answers to some of the more common questions asked about ABA’s sales tax fairness advocacy efforts.

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22 Aug

Amazon to Start Collecting Sales Tax in California and Pennsylvania

The push for sales tax fairness in California and Pennsylvania, which came to a head in 2011, will bear fruit next month.

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02 Aug

ABA VP Steve Bercu Testifies in Support of Sales Tax Fairness at Senate Hearing

On Wednesday, August 1, Steve Bercu, CEO and co-owner of BookPeople, in Austin, Texas, and ABA vice president, was one of four panelists to testify at a Senate Commerce Committee hearing on the Marketplace Fairness Act (S. 1832).

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25 Jul

House Judiciary Hears Testimony on Marketplace Equity Act

On Tuesday, July 24, the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on the Judiciary held a full committee hearing on the Marketplace Equity Act (H.R. 3179), which seeks to level the playing field in regard to the equitable collection of sales tax for online purchases.

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18 Jul

Booksellers Urged to Act in Support of Marketplace Equity Act

On Tuesday, July 24, the U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee will hold a full committee hearing on the Marketplace Equity Act (H.R. 3179). Booksellers are urged to contact their representatives to voice support for the e-fairness bill.

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12 Jul

Push to Pass Federal Sales Tax Fairness Legislation Heats Up

With a House hearing on the Marketplace Equity Act less than two weeks away, booksellers are urged to contact their representatives to ask for their support of the sales tax fairness bill.

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02 Jul

Editorials Call for Sales Tax Fairness

As the July 1 deadline for Amazon to begin collecting sales tax in Texas approached, a number of newspapers across the country published editorials declaring that the time had come for sales tax fairness.

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02 Jul

Business Groups React to Health Care Ruling

The reaction of the business community to the Supreme Court’s June 28 ruling upholding the Affordable Care Act was a mixed bag of pro and con.

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28 Jun

Supreme Court Upholds Affordable Care Act

In a ruling that surprised many experts, the Supreme Court has upheld the Affordable Care Act. The Small Business Majority hailed the decision, stating that it is a victory for small business owners “who have struggled with the excessively high cost of health insurance for decades.”

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