Advocacy

01 Mar

Utah House Passes Sales Tax Fairness Bill

On Thursday, March 1, the Utah House of Representatives passed H.B. 384, legislation that would require remote retailers with nexus in Utah via distribution centers or subsidiaries to collect and remit sales tax.

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23 Feb

More E-Fairness News: Virginia Closes Loophole, Kansas Holds Hearing

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell’s office announced this week that an agreement on sales tax fairness legislation had been reached with Amazon.com, members of the General Assembly, and key retailers. In Kansas, ABA Board member Sarah Bagby of Watermark Books & Café testified before a state Senate committee in support of sales tax fairness legislation.

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23 Feb

NJ Lawmakers Introduce Legislation Benefiting Amazon

Four New Jersey state lawmakers have introduced legislation that would provide online retailers with a sales tax exemption in exchange for a capital investment and the creation of full-time jobs in the state between January 1, 2012, and December 1, 2013.

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22 Feb

ABFFE Among Groups Urging Supreme Court to Hold Stolen Valor Act Unconstitutional

The American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression joined with other members of the Media Coalition in urging the Supreme Court to hold that a federal law making it a crime to lie about having received a military medal violates the First Amendment.

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16 Feb

Amazon Seeks Tax Exemption in New Jersey, Announces New Warehouse in Delaware

Amazon.com is promising New Jersey that it will open two warehouses in the state in exchange for a 22-month sales tax exemption even as it announced plans to open a $90 million, 1.2 million-square-foot warehouse in Delaware, a state that does not collect and remit sales tax.

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16 Feb

Virginia Senate Overwhelmingly Passes Sales Tax Fairness Bill

On February 10, the Virginia Senate passed a sales tax fairness bill by a margin of 34-6. Senate Bill 597 would require retailers with warehouses or distribution centers in Virginia, such as Amazon.com, to collect and remit sales tax for purchases made by Virginia residents.

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08 Feb

Arizona Sales Tax Fairness Bill Clears Senate Committee

SB 1338, a bipartisan sales tax fairness bill introduced in late January, cleared Arizona’s Senate Commerce Committee on Wednesday, February 8. If the bill is enacted, Arizona could recapture more than 5,400 total jobs and stop future job losses, according to a recent study.

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08 Feb

Virginia Senate Committee Unanimous in Support of Sales Tax Fairness

On Tuesday, February 7, the Virginia State Senate Finance Committee unanimously passed Senate Bill 597, legislation that would require retailers with warehouses or distribution centers in the state to collect and remit sales tax for purchases made by Virginia residents.

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08 Feb

A Refresher on SBA’s Microloan Program

For booksellers seeking small, short-term loans, the SBA’s Microloan Program may be the answer. Here’s a refresher on key features of the program, which offers loans up to $50,000 to start-up, newly established, or growing small businesses.

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08 Feb

Booksellers Urged to Meet With Lawmakers

ABA is urging members to meet with federal lawmakers at their district offices to express support for bipartisan sales tax fairness legislation currently under consideration in the House and Senate.

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02 Feb

States Continue Push for Sales Tax Fairness

Arizona tells Amazon to pay up; Pennsylvania extends deadline for nexus compliance; Massachusetts governor urges Congress to support sales tax fairness; Maryland introduces sales tax fairness legislation

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02 Feb

Booksellers Urged to Meet Locally With Federal Lawmakers

ABA is urging members to meet with their federal lawmakers in person in their local, district offices to express their support for bipartisan sales tax fairness legislation currently under consideration.

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25 Jan

Sales Tax Fairness Legislation Introduced in Virginia

A Virginia state senator has introduced legislation aimed at closing the state’s sales tax loophole. Meanwhile, Amazon.com is seeking a sales tax exemption in Florida that would be similar to the ones granted by Tennessee and South Carolina in 2011.

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12 Jan

January 17 Deadline for Post-Holiday Survey

Tuesday, January 17, is the deadline for responses to an important post-holiday survey, which seeks to gauge how independent businesses are faring in today’s economy and to assess whether people are more aware and supportive of locally owned, independent businesses.

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05 Jan

Booksellers Urged to Participate in Post-Holiday Survey

ABA is urging members to participate in an important post-holiday survey of independent businesses. Last year’s survey provided unique and important data about the viability of independent businesses and the effectiveness of “Buy Local First” initiatives and garnered attention from more than 200 media outlets.

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