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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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