BTW Articles

12 Sep

Amazon No Longer Asking CT Town for Tax Subsidy

In a surprising move, Amazon.com has reportedly withdrawn its request for a tax abatement and reduced building permit fees from Windsor, Connecticut, which it had asked for in exchange for opening a 1.5 million-square-foot distribution facility in the town.

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29 Aug

Amazon, Overstock Ask Supreme Court to Take Up Issue of New York Sales Tax Law

After challenging New York State’s sales tax fairness law three times — and losing three times — at the state level, Amazon.com and Overstock.com have taken the fight to the nation’s highest court.

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28 Aug

Federal Reserve Appeals Ruling Over Swipe Fee Caps

Last week, the Federal Reserve appealed the July ruling by a U.S. district court  that found the cap set by the Fed on debit card swipe fees was too high and did not follow Congress’ intent when it implemented swipe fee reforms required by the Durbin Amendment of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act.

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28 Aug

Trade Associations Urge House to Hold Sales Tax Fairness Hearing

This week, a coalition of 18 independent trade associations, led by ABA, urged the U.S. House of Representatives’ Committee on the Judiciary to hold a hearing on sales tax fairness.

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29 Aug

Amazon Seeks Tax Abatements in Connecticut

While Amazon.com has agreed with the state of Connecticut to begin collecting and remitting sales tax in the state as of November 1, 2013, the online retailer is now seeking multi-year property tax abatements and other exemptions from Windsor, Connecticut, in exchange for opening a distribution center in the town.

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20 Aug

White House Launches Website on Health Care Reform for Businesses

Earlier this month, the White House announced the launch of a “one-stop-shop” that provides employers with access to information on the Affordable Care Act.

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22 Aug

Amazon Drops Missouri Affiliates

Amazon has fired all its online affiliates in Missouri to avoid the requirement to collect and remit sales tax to the state. Missouri passed an affiliate nexus law in July.

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01 Aug

Court Rules in Merchants’ Favor in Debit Card Swipe Fee Suit

On Wednesday, July 31, a federal judge ruled that the Federal Reserve did not follow Congress’ intent when it implemented swipe fee reforms required by the Durbin Amendment of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act in June 2011. The Fed had imposed a swipe fee cap of $0.21, but the judge’s decision is expected to force the Fed to lower swipe fee rates even more.

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29 Jul

ABA Criticizes President’s Choice of Venue for Jobs Speech

On the heels of press reports that Amazon has drastically lowered the price on many hardcover titles, on Monday, July 29, the Board of Directors of the American Booksellers Association and CEO Oren Teicher criticized President Obama’s decision to hold his jobs speech this week at an Amazon facility in Tennessee.

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24 Jul

Conservative Economic Guru Finds Sales Tax Fairness Would Spur Economic Growth

In a  report released last week, Dr. Arthur Laffer, a leading proponent of conservative economics, and co-author Donna Arduin, a former state budget director, argue that implementing sales tax fairness is necessary to address a fundamental inequity in the free market.

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