Advocacy

18 Apr

ABFFE Announces Plans for 30th Banned Books Week

ABFFE is urging booksellers to participate in the 30th annual celebration of Banned Books Week, from September 30 to October 6. This year’s plans include an Internet read-out, a speaker program for bookstores interested in hosting an event about censorship, and more.

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18 Apr

ABA to Massachusetts: Amazon Should Collect Sales Tax

ABA CEO Oren Teicher urged the Massachusetts Department of Revenue to require Amazon.com to collect and remit sales tax on orders made by Massachusetts residents. Teicher’s letter was prompted by news that Amazon.com is opening an office in Cambridge. 

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12 Apr

Court Strikes Down Colorado E-Fairness Law

A U.S. District Court struck down as unconstitutional a sales tax fairness law in Colorado that required out-of-state retailers to either collect and remit sales tax for purchases made by Colorado residents or inform their Colorado customers that they owe use tax on any purchase they have made.

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11 Apr

Utah Governor Signs Sales Tax Fairness Bill

On Wednesday, April 4, Utah Gov. Gary Herbert signed into law a bill that requires remote retailers with nexus in Utah via distribution centers or subsidiaries to collect and remit sales tax for purchases made by state residents.

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29 Mar

Iowa and Louisiana Take Steps Towards Sales Tax Fairness

The campaign for sales tax fairness continued to heat up this week, with legislative activity in Iowa and Louisiana.

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27 Mar

Donations Sought for Children’s Art Auction

Contributions of all forms of original artwork, from a sketch on paper to finished work in any medium, are wanted for the Annual Children’s Art Auction and Reception at BEA to benefit ABFFE and the Kids’ Right to Read Project.

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22 Mar

A Sales Tax Fairness Update

Here’s a roundup of recent developments on the sales tax fairness front in Connecticut, Georgia, Kansas, Maine, Minnesota, Missouri, and New Jersey, as well as a report on ABA’s recent meetings with the staff of key legislators in support of a federal solution.

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21 Mar

Walter Dean Myers to Chair Children’s Art Auction at BEA

Award-winning author Walter Dean Myers, who has confronted numerous challenges to his books for young people, will help raise funds to support the free speech rights of kids by serving as the honorary chair of the Annual Children’s Art Auction and Reception at BookExpo America.

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21 Mar

ABA Meets With Justice Department

On Monday, ABA Board members and staff met with representatives of the  Department of Justice in Washington, D.C., to express ABA’s support for agency model pricing of e-books in connection with the Department’s ongoing investigation of e-book pricing terms.

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15 Mar

Arizona Sales Tax Fairness Suffers Setback

The sales tax equity fight continues in Arizona, despite recent legislative setbacks in the state Senate.

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14 Mar

PayPal Backtracks on Censorship Move

On Tuesday, PayPal retracted its threat to close the accounts of online booksellers that sell works including descriptions of rape, incest, and bestiality.

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08 Mar

New Jersey Holds Hearing on Amazon Tax Exemption

At press time, the New Jersey Senate Budget Committee was scheduled to hold a hearing on S. 1762, legislation that would provide Amazon.com a temporary sales tax exemption in exchange for the retailer’s opening two warehouses in the state.

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08 Mar

Arizona and Utah Senates Act on Sales Tax Fairness Legislation

The Arizona state Senate is voting today on SB 1338, legislation that would clarify sales tax laws in the state by requiring any company with a warehouse or distribution center in Arizona to collect and remit sales tax. Meanwhile, in Utah the state Senate overwhelmingly passed similar legislation.

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06 Mar

ABFFE Protests PayPal Censorship Efforts

ABFFE has joined the National Coalition Against Censorship  in protesting a threat by the online payment processor PayPal to close the accounts of online booksellers selling erotic works.

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