BTW Articles

16 Jun

Bipartisan E-Fairness Bill Introduced in U.S. House

On Monday, June 15, Reps. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) and Steve Womack (R-AR) joined with a bipartisan group of legislators to introduce the Remote Transactions Parity Act, a bill that gives states the authority to require remote sellers doing $10 million or more in gross annual receipts to collect and remit sales tax to the states.

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17 Jun

Updated E-Fairness Map: Visual Evidence of Growth of Sales Tax Fairness

ABA’s updated E-Fairness Map provides visual proof that more states than not are taking strides to level the playing field for Main Street retailers.

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11 Jun

European Commission Opens Formal Investigation into Amazon’s E-Book Distribution Arrangements

On Thursday, June 11, the European Commission (EC) opened a formal antitrust investigation into “certain business practices by Amazon in the distribution of e-books.” 

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10 Jun

A Small Business Perspective on Minimum Wage

Last week, Left Bank Books co-owner Jarek Steele wrote a blog post highlighting the challenges small business owners face regarding minimum wage.

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10 Jun

Senators Call for E-Fairness to Be Added to the Permanent Internet Tax Freedom Act

On June 8, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Permanent Internet Tax Freedom Act, a bill that would both permanently prohibit states from taxing access to the Internet and prohibit taxes on bandwidth and e-mail, according to media reports. 

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04 Jun

Amazon Now Collecting Sales Tax in Ohio

Amazon began collecting sales tax on purchases made by Ohio residents on Monday, June 1; however, the decision to collect is part of deal to build data centers in the state that includes millions in tax subsidies, as well as land and tax deals.

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03 Jun

E-Fairness Addressed at Regulatory Reform Hearing

Though marketplace fairness legislation was not on Tuesday’s formal agenda for the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Regulatory Reform, Commercial, and Antitrust Law, members of Congress and key witnesses made clear that it remains the top issue for Congress to address on state taxation issues.

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29 May

ABA Membership Meeting and Town Hall: Optimism Abounds

The continuing renaissance of independent booksellers made for an upbeat ABA Annual Membership Meeting, while issues ranging from educational programming and minimum wage increases to ABA Board diversity were among the topics of discussion at the Town Hall.

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21 May

ABA Members Voice Concerns at Small Business Majority Leadership Summit

Booksellers expressing concerns on a range of issues during the Small Business Majority’s first-ever Small Business Leadership Summit last week included incoming ABA President Betsy Burton of The King’s English Bookshop, Bradley Graham of Politics & Prose, Christin Evans of The Booksmith and Kepler’s Books, and Kris Kleindienst of Left Bank Books.

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13 May

Advocates for Independent Business Op-Ed Published in Wall Street Journal

In a recent Wall Street Journal op-ed piece, Stacy Mitchell and Fred Clements of Advocates for Independent Business took the U.S. Congress to task for favoring the interests of big corporations at the expense of Main Street retailers and small businesses.

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