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21 Nov

New Small Business Coalition Opposes Tax Reform Proposals

According to a tax policy expert, the current tax reform bills in Congress favor large businesses over small ones. The matter was discussed during a telephone town hall hosted by Businesses for Responsible Tax Reform.

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15 Nov

Indies Believe They Are Better Positioned Than Chains to Weather Amazon’s Growth

A new survey from the Advocates for Independent Business reports that as bricks-and-mortar retail faces new stresses, the impacts appear to be playing out differently for independent retailers than for chains.

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15 Nov

Defense Bill Could Provide Amazon With $53 Billion Government Procurement Market

A provision in the National Defense Authorization Act could secure Amazon significant government purchasing power; ABA is urging Senate and House leadership to remove the provision before the bill is signed.

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14 Nov

15 Amicus Briefs Filed in Support of South Dakota Sales Tax Fairness Petition to Supreme Court

A number of groups have filed briefs to the U.S. Supreme Court in support of a petition that urges the revision of a 1992 decision that defines which retailers are liable to collect and remit a state’s sales tax.

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08 Nov

Polls Reveal Public’s Shrinking Support for First Amendment Rights

Washington Post reporter James Hohmann’s recent blog post cites polls conducted since Donald Trump became president that show eroding public support for the First Amendment.

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08 Nov

ABA Files Amicus Brief in Support of South Dakota Petition to U.S. Supreme Court Challenging Nexus Definition

ABA has filed an amicus brief in support of South Dakota v. Wayfair, Overstock, and Newegg, a petition urging the U.S. Supreme Court to revise a 1992 decision that defines which retailers are liable to collect and remit state sales tax.

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25 Oct

Revolution Books Stands Up to the Alt-Right

Revolution Books in Berkeley, California, has been standing strong in the face of attacks by alt-right activists attempting to intimidate the store’s customers and staff.

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24 Oct

Overstepping Its Bounds: Amazon’s HQ2 Location Search Lures Desperate Lawmakers and Prompts Media Criticism

Amazon’s search for a location for its second headquarters has prompted a discussion about the practical wisdom of offering corporations huge tax incentives and subsidies.

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17 Oct

President Trump Signs Executive Order Allowing Association Health Plans

President Donald Trump signed an executive order on October 12 to expand access to association health plans (AHPs), allowing small businesses to band together through a trade association to buy health insurance.

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19 Sep

Survey Aims to Assess Changing Retail Landscape

ABA is encouraging booksellers to complete a new survey from the Advocates for Independent Business that seeks data that can contribute to larger media and public policy discussions.

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19 Sep

South Dakota Supreme Court Rejects State Attempt to Collect Online Sales Tax

On Thursday, September 14, the Supreme Court of the State of South Dakota ruled that the state cannot force remote retailers to collect and remit sales tax if they do not have nexus in South Dakota.

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13 Sep

Amazon Seeks Second HQ and Tax Incentives in Exchange for Jobs

Late last week, Amazon issued a request for proposals as it looks to build a $5 billion second headquarters somewhere in North America.

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13 Sep

AIB Launches Survey to Assess Changing Retail Landscape

The Advocates for Independent Businesses recently launched a survey to assess how indies are being impacted by changes in the retail business. ABA is encouraging booksellers to complete the survey.

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30 Aug

FTC Clears Way for Amazon Purchase of Whole Foods

On Wednesday, August 23, the Federal Trade Commission announced its determination that Amazon’s acquisition of Whole Foods would not harm competition.

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22 Aug

Time to Rethink Antitrust Enforcement?: Lina Khan on Amazon and Market Dominance

Here, New America’s Lina Khan discusses Amazon, U.S. antitrust law, and the online giant’s role in the book industry.

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