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05 Jan

Booksellers Urged to Participate in Important Post-Holiday Survey

ABA is encouraging members to participate in the fourth annual post-holiday survey conducted by the Institute for Local Self Reliance in partnership with ABA and other indie business groups. The survey provides data on how independent businesses are faring in today’s economy, as well as about whether people are more aware and supportive of locally owned, independent businesses.

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21 Dec

Second Effort to Repeal 1099 Reporting Requirement Fails

Last week, a second attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act’s expanded Form 1099 reporting requirement failed in the Senate.

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16 Dec

Special Wi6 T-Shirts to Benefit ABFFE

Sales at Wi6 of a T-shirt featuring an “enhanced” version of the classic painting “Washington Crossing the Delaware” will benefit the American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression.

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15 Dec

ABFFE Sees Problems With New Law Banning “Crush” Videos

Last week, President Obama signed into law a new ban on the sale of animal “crush” videos, which replaces a 1999 law struck down in April as a violation of the First Amendment. The new law applies to a narrower range of material, but it has raised concerns for ABFFE and other free speech advocates.

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15 Dec

Calls for Sales Tax Fairness Dominate Holiday Headlines

While just a few years ago media reports usually emphasized the uniqueness of online – and very often sales-tax-free – shopping, this year’s articles have a decidedly different tenor: A much greater percentage are pointing out the incongruities and inequities inherent in the failure to collect mandated sales tax.

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09 Dec

White House Releases Information to Help Small Businesses File for Health Care Tax Credit

The Obama administration has released new information to help small business owners take advantage of tax credits that reduce the cost of providing health coverage to employees. The update provides forms, instructions, and documents for claiming a tax credit this year.

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09 Dec

ABA to Host Summit for Advocates for Independent Retail

Leaders from trade associations and other organizations representing independent businesses will come together on Tuesday, January 18, 2011, in Washington, D.C., for the Advocates for Independent Retail (AIR) Summit, organized by the American Booksellers Association.

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18 Nov

Changes to Health Care Law Would Reduce Burden for Employers

On November 16, Sen. Max Baucus (D-MT), chair of the Senate Finance Committee, introduced the Small Business Paperwork Relief Act (S. 3946), which would repeal the Affordable Care Act’s expanded Form 1099 reporting requirement, set to take effect January 1, 2012.

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17 Nov

Booksellers Meet With Texas Attorney General Regarding Agency Model

On November 4, three Texas-based independent booksellers met with the antitrust division of the state Attorney General’s office, in Austin, Texas, to discuss the digital content agency model and the dangers posed by below-cost pricing.

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10 Nov

New York State: Court’s Sales Tax Ruling a “Major Victory” for Main Street

The New York State Department of Taxation is hailing an appeals court’s recent decision that the state’s affiliate nexus law is, in fact, constitutional as a “major victory.”

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10 Nov

President to Consider Dropping 1099 Requirement From Health Care Law

Last week, President Obama said that he would be willing to consider repealing a provision in the health care bill that requires businesses to file tax forms for any transaction over $600 with a single vendor.

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04 Nov

NY Court: State’s Sales Tax Fairness Law Is Constitutional

The New York State appellate court has dismissed Amazon.com and Overstock’s claims substantively challenging the constitutionality of New York State’s sales tax fairness law. The decision represents a significant victory for proponents of sales tax equity.

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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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