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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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01 Dec

House Judiciary Committee Holds Hearing on Sales Tax Fairness

On Wednesday, November 30, the U.S. House Committee on the Judiciary held a hearing to discuss the authority of states to collect sales tax on online purchases.

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16 Feb

Virginia Senate Overwhelmingly Passes Sales Tax Fairness Bill

On February 10, the Virginia Senate passed a sales tax fairness bill by a margin of 34-6. Senate Bill 597 would require retailers with warehouses or distribution centers in Virginia, such as Amazon.com, to collect and remit sales tax for purchases made by Virginia residents.

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01 Dec

NRF Sues Federal Reserve Over Swipe Fees

The National Retail Federation, along with the Food Marketing Institute, the National Association of Convenience Stores, and two retailers, has filed a lawsuit charging the Federal Reserve of failing to follow key swipe-fee requirements of The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010.

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23 Feb

NJ Lawmakers Introduce Legislation Benefiting Amazon

Four New Jersey state lawmakers have introduced legislation that would provide online retailers with a sales tax exemption in exchange for a capital investment and the creation of full-time jobs in the state between January 1, 2012, and December 1, 2013.

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01 Dec

Pennsylvania Issues Sales Tax Fairness Bulletin

At press time, the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue issued a regulatory bulletin stipulating that, under current sales tax law, remote retailers that have warehouse facilities or online affiliates in Pennsylvania have nexus in the state.

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23 Feb

More E-Fairness News: Virginia Closes Loophole, Kansas Holds Hearing

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell’s office announced this week that an agreement on sales tax fairness legislation had been reached with Amazon.com, members of the General Assembly, and key retailers. In Kansas, ABA Board member Sarah Bagby of Watermark Books & Café testified before a state Senate committee in support of sales tax fairness legislation.

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07 Dec

ICSC Ads and Videos Promote Sales Tax Fairness

The International Council of Shopping Centers has placed full-page ads in support of sales tax equity in a number of publications, including the New York Times. In addition, the organization has launched a sales tax fairness video series, with the first featuring Betsy Burton of The King’s English Bookshop.

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01 Mar

Utah House Passes Sales Tax Fairness Bill

On Thursday, March 1, the Utah House of Representatives passed H.B. 384, legislation that would require remote retailers with nexus in Utah via distribution centers or subsidiaries to collect and remit sales tax.

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08 Dec

Pennsylvania Clarifies Sales Tax Nexus Laws

A December 1 Pennsylvania Department of Revenue regulatory bulletin makes it clear that under existing sales tax laws remote sellers with nexus in the state through warehouses or online affiliates are required to collect and remit sales tax for purchases made in state.

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