BTW Articles

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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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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17 May

Michigan Governor Supports Sales Tax Fairness

In a letter to the U.S. Senate dated May 9, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder publicly announced his support for the Marketplace Fairness Act (S. 1832).

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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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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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30 May

Booksellers Asked to Contact Lawmakers in Support of E-Fairness

ABA is encouraging its members to reach out to their state governors and federal lawmakers in support of sales tax fairness legislation currently under consideration in the U.S. House and Senate.

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12 Sep

SBA Web Tool Helps Small Businesses Conduct Market Research

The SBA has launched SizeUp, a free tool that helps businesses both identify new customers and compare their performance against like-businesses using data collected from hundreds of private and public sources.

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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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31 May

Associations Urge Governors to Support Federal Sales Tax Fairness Legislation

This week, a coalition of 17 trade associations representing independent businesses, including ABA, urged the governors of the 45 states that collect sales tax to support federal sales tax fairness bills under consideration in the House and  Senate.

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13 Sep

Publishers Work on E-Book Agreements Under DOJ Settlement

With last week’s federal court order entering as final judgment the Department of Justice’s e-book pricing settlement with Hachette, HarperCollins, and Simon & Schuster, the three publishers are working on agreements to replace the agency model for e-books.

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