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04 Nov

Amazon Cases in NC and TX Put Spotlight on Sales Tax Fairness

Following a recent federal court decision and steps taken by the Texas Department of Revenue to collect sales tax that it contends is due from Amazon.com, a number of editorials have been published decrying Amazon’s refusal to collect sales tax.

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28 Oct

Judge Rules North Carolina Must Narrow Amazon Data Request

The U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington ruled this week that Amazon.com would not have to comply with the North Carolina Department of Revenue’s request for data revealing the identities of North Carolina customers and “detailed records of their purchases, including the expressive content.”

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28 Oct

ABA Goes to New Hampshire in Support of E-Fairness

In mid-October, three booksellers and a representative from ABA met in Concord, New Hampshire, with the legislative director for Congressman Paul Hodes (D-NH) to express their support for the federal solution to online sales tax fairness, the Main Street Fairness Act.

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22 Oct

State of Texas Assesses Amazon for $269 Million in Uncollected Sales Tax

The State of Texas has issued an assessment charging that Amazon.com owes the state some $269 million in uncollected sales tax, including interest and penalties, for the period from December 2005 to December 2009. Amazon.com reported the assessment in its September 30 quarterly filing with the SEC.

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06 Oct

'Tis the Season to Buy Local

The American Independent Business Alliance Campaigns to Become “Unchained” on November 20; The Business Alliance for Local Living Economies Urges a Week of Buying Local from November 26 - December 5.

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06 Oct

Benefits for Small Business in New Health Care Law

Booksellers should note that under the provisions of the Affordable Care Act qualifying small businesses can receive a tax credit designed to make the cost of covering employee heath care more affordable.

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06 Oct

Decision to Drop E-Fairness Provision From State Budget Draws Ire of Retailers

As California lawmakers and Governor Schwarzenegger haggled over a final state budget, one apparent casualty of the negotiation process was sales tax fairness. Despite the need to close a $19.1 billion budget gap, state Republicans insisted that the sales tax provision be removed, arguing that they would only agree on a "no-new-taxes budget."

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05 Oct

Chicago Booksellers Testify at Sales Tax Fairness Hearing

On Wednesday, September 29, three Illinois booksellers testified on behalf of sales tax fairness legislation.

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23 Sep

Utah Bookseller Among President’s Guests to Mark Patient’s Bill of Rights

On Wednesday, September 22, President Obama marked the six-month anniversary of the enactment of his landmark healthcare bill in a backyard in Falls Church, Virginia. Among those meeting with the president at the event was Betsy Burton, the co-owner of The King’s English Bookshop in Salt Lake City, Utah, and an ABA Board member.

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22 Sep

Sales Tax Fairness Fight Heats Up in California

As budget talks heated up in California this week, ABA, NCIBA, and SCIBA urged their members in the state to call Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s office to express support for sales tax fairness.

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22 Sep

Booksellers Meet With CT Attorney General on E-Book Agency Model

On Friday, September 17, indie booksellers met with Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal and members of his staff to discuss the digital content agency model and the dangers posed by below-cost pricing.

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09 Sep

Groups Call on Congress to Pass Small Business Jobs Bill

The Small Business Majority and the National Small Business Association want the Senate to pass the Small Business Jobs and Credit Act (H.R. 5297), a bill the groups believe will address crucial problems facing small businesses during the current recession.

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09 Sep

Support Urged for Main Street Fairness Act

ABA has sent an e-mail urging its bookstore members nationwide to write to both their U.S. representatives and senators in support of the Main Street Fairness Act.

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02 Sep

Online Petition Supporting Main Street Fairness Act Launched

The Federal Tax Authority, a private company working to launch a service to assist online sellers in collecting and remitting local and state sales tax, has created yes5660.com, an online petition that consumers and retailers can sign in support of the Main Street Fairness Act.

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