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14 Apr

Booksellers Testify at Sales Tax Fairness Hearings

In the past week, Massachusetts booksellers David Didriksen and Carole Horne and Vermont booksellers Liza Bernard and Chris Morrow participated in hearings in support of sales tax fairness legislation in their respective states.

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13 Apr

Hawaii Bill Holding Publishers Liable for Tourist Injuries Dies in Committee

Hawaii House Bill 548 died in the state’s Senate Committee on Judiciary and Labor this week, following months of opposition by Media Coalition, whose members include ABFFE and AAP.

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12 Apr

Massachusetts Legislation Removes Restrictions on Internet Content

On Monday, April 11, Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick signed legislation addressing constitutional flaws in a statute that was challenged by a coalition including Harvard Book Store, Porter Square Books, ABFFE, and others.

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07 Apr

Senate Approves Repeal of Expanded 1099 Reporting Requirement

On Tuesday, April 5, the Senate voted 87 – 12 to fully repeal the expanded 1099 reporting requirement in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The bill, HR 4, now goes to President Obama for his signature.

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07 Apr

Sales Tax Fairness Issue Continues to Heat Up Around Country

It is shaping up to be a notable year for sales tax fairness, as more states introduce, pass, or sign sales tax fairness legislation into law despite threats by Amazon.com and Overstock.com to terminate sales affiliates or close warehouses.

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31 Mar

ABA Hosts Two Productive Sales Tax Workshops

This week, ABA hosted sales tax fairness workshops at Booksellers Forums in Salt Lake City, Utah, in conjunction with MPIBA, and Manhattan Beach, California, in conjunction with SCIBA.

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30 Mar

Booksellers Testify in Support of E-Fairness Legislation

As the sales tax fairness fight continues to gain momentum nationwide, on Monday, March 28, booksellers in Connecticut and Texas testified before legislative committees about pending legislation.

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30 Mar

Sales Tax Bills Pass in Arkansas and South Dakota

There have been two recent victories in sales tax parity – affiliate nexus legislation approved by the Arkansas legislature, and, in South Dakota, new legislation enacted into law.

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30 Mar

L.A. Times Columnist Calls for Passage of E-Fairness Legislation

George Skelton, political columnist for the Los Angeles Times, believes that Amazon.com and other online sellers that have affiliates in the state of California should be paying sales tax on purchases by in-state residents.

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18 Mar

New York Times Says Amazon Should Collect Sales Tax

In a March 18 editorial, the New York Times said, “Collecting state taxes is not an unreasonable burden for online retailers,” and “states should not give in to Amazon’s pressure tactics.”

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15 Mar

Reader Privacy Bill Moves Forward in Senate

The fight to restore safeguards for reader privacy that were eliminated by the USA Patriot Act took an important step forward last week.

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15 Mar

In Vermont, Arkansas, and Minnesota, Sales Tax Fairness Efforts Pick Up Steam

On the heels of the passage of an affiliate nexus law in Illinois, sales tax fairness bills in Vermont, Arkansas, and Minnesota have had early successes.

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10 Mar

Victory! Illinois Governor Signs Sales Tax Fairness Bill

In what is a significant victory for sales tax fairness, Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn today signed sales tax fairness legislation into law. HB3659 will require remote retailers with broad networks of online affiliates in Illinois to collect and remit sales tax for purchases made by Illinois residents.

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09 Mar

Key California Assembly Committee Hears Testimony on Sales Tax Fairness

On Monday, March 7, the California Assembly Committee on Revenue and Taxation heard testimony regarding one of several sales tax equity bills expected to be introduced this legislative session. Speakers at the hearing included NCIBA Executive Director Hut Landon.

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03 Mar

Forbes Wonders if Amazon.com’s Sales Tax Battle Is a Losing Effort

The national fight for sales tax equity garnered prominent media attention this week, even as Amazon.com threatened to terminate its affiliate marketers in California should the state pass e-fairness legislation.

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