BTW Articles

18 Jul

ABA Education at Regionals to Focus on Health Care Reform

At each of this year’s fall regional trade shows, the American Booksellers Association, with support from the Small Business Majority, will be offering a timely and informative educational session on the Affordable Health Care Act.

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18 Jul

Small Business Majority Offers Tools for Understanding Health Care Reform

Initiatives announced this month by the Small Business Majority to help small businesses navigate and make the most of the Affordable Care Act include an online Health Coverage Guide and a series of webinars presented in partnership with the Small Business Administration.

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10 Jul

Court Rules Against Apple in E-Book Antitrust Case

On Wednesday, July 10, a federal judge ruled that Apple violated antitrust laws by conspiring with five publishers to raise and fix e-book prices. Apple has said it will appeal the judge’s decision.

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03 Jul

Two States to Cut Income Tax When Federal Sales Tax Fairness Becomes Law

If the U.S. House passes the Marketplace Fairness Act, it will trigger a lower state income tax bill for residents of Wisconsin and Ohio. The governors of the two states have signed budgets that would reduce income taxes if the House votes in favor of closing the sales tax  loophole on online purchases.

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03 Jul

White House Delays Healthcare Reform’s Employer Responsibility Requirement

On Tuesday, July 2, the White House announced  a one-year delay of the Affordable Care Act mandate that requires employers with more than 50 employees to provide healthcare coverage or pay a penalty. However, the requirement that all citizens acquire health insurance by January 1, 2014, has not changed.

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12 Jun

Sales Tax Fairness Outreach Needed

ABA is urging bookstore members to reach out to their U.S. representatives in support of the Marketplace Fairness Act of 2013 (H.R.684). To make outreach easier, ABA has created a template letter.

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06 Jun

Booksellers Urged to Reach Out to U.S. Representatives on Sales Tax Fairness

Following its overwhelming passage by the U.S. Senate, the Marketplace Fairness Act of 2013 awaits consideration in the U.S. House of Representatives. With no firm timeline yet set by House leadership, ABA is urging its members to write to their representatives in support of the bill, especially if their congressperson is a member of the House Committee on the Judiciary.

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31 May

ABA’s Membership Meeting and Town Hall: Indies Fueled by Passion and Belief

At the ABA Annual Membership Meeting at BEA, outgoing President Becky Anderson and ABA CEO Oren Teicher looked back at some of the accomplishments of recent years, expressed hope in the future, and thanked members for their support and participation in ABA programs and initiatives. At the earlier Town Hall, members shared their concerns on topics ranging from publisher best practices and e-book release dates, to sales tax fairness and World Book Night.

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21 May

Swipe Fee Filing Deadline May 28

Booksellers are reminded that the deadline to respond to the class action settlement notice in the federal antitrust lawsuit over rapidly rising Visa and MasterCard credit card swipe fees is next Tuesday, May 28.

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22 May

Appointments Available to Discuss Advocacy Issues at BEA

Booksellers attending BEA who would like to discuss key advocacy issues affecting their businesses with ABA staff are encouraged to contact Senior Public Policy Analyst David Grogan this week to schedule an appointment.

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