BTW Articles

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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16 May

ABA Urges Booksellers to Reach Out to Congressional Reps

This week, ABA CEO Oren Teicher encouraged booksellers to contact their U.S. representatives to urge them to support the Marketplace Fairness Act of 2013 (H.R.684),  which faces a difficult fight in the House.

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16 May

Swipe Fee Filing Deadline May 28

The deadline for booksellers to respond to the class-action settlement notice in the federal antitrust lawsuit over rapidly rising Visa and MasterCard credit card swipe fees is May 28, 2013, less than two weeks away.

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06 May

U.S. Senate Passes Sales Tax Fairness Legislation

On Monday, May 6, the U.S. Senate passed the Marketplace Fairness Act of 2013 by a vote of 69 to 27. The legislation would give states the authority to require remote sellers to collect and remit sales tax in the state, so long as the seller does $1 million or more in remote gross sales annually. The bill now moves to the U.S. House of Representatives.

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09 May

Marketplace Fairness Act Faces Tough Challenge in U.S. House

Following bipartisan approval by the U.S. Senate, the Marketplace Fairness Act will now be considered by the U.S. House of Representatives, where all signs point to a tough fight in the coming months.

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02 May

Vote on Sales Tax Fairness Set for May 6

The U.S. Senate has scheduled a vote on the Marketplace Fairness Act of 2013 (S.743/S.336) for Monday, May 6. The Marketplace Fairness Act would give states the right to require remote retailers that do $1 million or more in gross remote sales per year to collect and remit sales tax.

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02 May

Important Swipe Fee Settlement Clarification

Subsequent to the ABA recommendation that members opt out of the class action settlement over rapidly rising Visa and MasterCard swipe fees, the judge presiding over the litigation has directed that retailers be reminded that opting out of the settlement and objecting to it are entirely distinct actions.

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