BTW Articles

07 Jan

ABA Members Urged to Complete 2015 Independent Business Survey

ABA is encouraging all member stores to take part in the annual post-holiday survey conducted by the Institute for Local Self-Reliance and the Advocates for Independent Business coalition.

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06 Jan

Victory in Michigan: Legislature Approves E-Fairness Bill

In late December, sales tax fairness proponents in Michigan won a big victory when the state legislature voted to pass e-fairness legislation.

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09 Dec

Supreme Court Considers Colorado Use Tax Reporting Law

On December 8, the U.S. Supreme Court considered a challenge brought by the Direct Marketing Association regarding a 2010 Colorado law that requires out-of-state retailers to either collect and remit sales tax for purchases made by Colorado residents or to inform their Colorado customers that they owe use tax on the purchases they have made.

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11 Dec

Swipe Fee Settlement Deadline December 19

On December 4, bookstore members should have received an e-mail from ABA with updated information regarding the recent notice sent to them by the Visa/MasterCard interchange class settlement administrator.

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10 Dec

Ohio Indie Retailers Urge Speaker Boehner to Consider E-Fairness

Seventeen small business owners representing 21 stores in Ohio have sent a letter to House Speaker John Boehner to express their strong disappointment regarding his lack of support for sales tax fairness.

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11 Dec

House Tables E-Fairness Legislation: Indies Look to States to Level Playing Field

Late last week, Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives John Boehner dashed any hopes Main Street retailers had of getting a federal e-fairness solution passed during the lame-duck Congressional session.

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04 Dec

Swipe Fee Settlement Update

On Thursday, December 4, the American Booksellers Association e-mailed association member bookstores with updated information regarding a recent notice from the Visa/MasterCard interchange class settlement administrator.

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03 Dec

Indies Urged to Join #Efairnessnow Social Media Campaign

With just a few weeks left in the congressional session, the Advocates for Independent Business is urging indie businesses to participate in a grassroots social media campaign in support of e-fairness.

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24 Nov

ABA to Have Swipe Fee Recommendation for Members Next Week

ABA expects to have a recommendation next week regarding the recent notice sent to bookstores that opted out of the Visa and MasterCard credit card swipe fee settlement in 2013.

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25 Nov

Miami Book Fair Panel Discusses Amazon Monopoly Power

At the Miami Book Fair International panel discussion “Do Monsters Live in Our Laptops?,” book industry experts, including ABA CEO Oren Teicher, discussed whether the promise of digitization as a democratizing force has instead led to large corporations dominating the book industry.

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