Advocacy

25 Aug

Op-Ed: Stop Online-Only Bullies From Hurting Florida Businesses

This week, Florida’s St. Petersburg Times and Tampa Tribune published op-eds by Inkwood Books co-owner Carla Jimenez, who calls on state lawmakers to level the playing field by passing a sales tax fairness law similar to the ones passed in other states, including California, Illinois, and New York.

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17 Aug

Sales Tax Fairness Issue Heats Up in Tennessee

Earlier this month, state Sen. Randy McNally and Rep. Charles Sargent sought the Tennessee Attorney General’s legal opinion as to whether companies that maintain warehouse or distribution facilities in the state are already required to collect and remit sales tax under current sales tax laws.

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17 Aug

ABFFE Releases Tools for Banned Books Week Internet Read-Out

The American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression has released tools to help booksellers participate in the Internet Read-Out that will occur during Banned Books Week, from September 24 - October 1.

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10 Aug

ABA Urges Senators to Support Main Street Fairness Act

This week, ABA CEO Oren Teicher wrote to Senators Susan Collins and Olympia J. Snowe of Maine to urge them to support the Main Street Fairness Act. In a recent news article, Sen. Snowe said she opposed the federal sales tax fairness legislation and Sen. Collins expressed doubts.

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04 Aug

Senator Durbin Introduces Main Street Fairness Act, Federal Sales Tax Fairness Legislation

On Friday, July 29, Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) introduced the Main Street Fairness Act, federal sales tax fairness legislation that would authorize states under the Streamlined Sales and Use Tax Agreement (SSUTA) to require remote retailers to collect and remit sales tax in those states.

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28 Jul

California BOE Begins Rulemaking for Sales Tax Fairness Law

The California Board of Equalization (BOE) has voted to begin the rulemaking process for sales tax fairness legislation (AB 28X), signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown at the end of June.

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27 Jul

Media Criticism Continues as Amazon Seeks Petition Signatures

As Amazon.com begins collecting signatures for a referendum vote to overturn Californias sales tax fairness law, the drumbeat of editorials, columns, and op-eds lambasting Amazon for seeking a voter referendum to protect its tax loophole grows louder.

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26 Jul

Bookstores to Join Internet Read-Out of Banned Books

Booksellers and their customers can proclaim their support for free speech by joining a worldwide read-out of banned and challenged books on the Internet during this year’s Banned Books Week, from September 24 - October 1.

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20 Jul

Texas Governor Signs Bill With Sales Tax Fairness Language

On Tuesday, July 19, Texas Gov. Rick Perry signed legislation that makes clear that companies that have warehouses in the state, such as Amazon.com, must collect and remit sales tax.

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20 Jul

Amazon Granted Right to Seek California Voter Referendum on Sales Tax Fairness

The California Attorney General’s office has ruled that Amazon.com is legally permitted to seek a voter referendum to overturn sales tax fairness legislation signed by Gov. Jerry Brown in late June.

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20 Jul

Editorials Suggest Amazon.com Being Routed in Public Relations Battle

In a slew of recent editorials, columns, and op-eds, Amazon.com is being skewered for its attempts to avoid collecting and remitting California sales tax.

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20 Jul

Banned Books Week to Feature Virtual Read-Out

This year, for the first time, readers from around the world will be able to participate virtually in Banned Books Week. During the September 24 – October 1 celebration, readers will be able to proclaim the virtues of their favorite banned books by posting videos of themselves reading excerpts to a dedicated YouTube channel.

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14 Jul

Coalition to Promote Small Business Saturday

ABA is among 100 public and private organizations that have joined a coalition to promote the second annual Small Business Saturday℠, to be held on November 26.

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13 Jul

ABA Responds to Amazon.com’s Call for Referendum on Sales Tax Fairness

Just weeks after California Gov. Jerry Brown signed sales tax fairness into law, Amazon.com has filed a petition with the California Attorney General’s Office seeking a voter referendum to overturn the law. In response, ABA, NCIBA, and SCIBA will be reaching out to the California Board of Equalization to urge the Board to enforce the law.

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07 Jul

California Booksellers Cheer Sales Tax Fairness Law

In the wake of the recent passage of California’s sales tax fairness law, booksellers expressed happiness at the hard-fought victory, noting that it creates a level playing field and will improve the state’s economy, add jobs, and help struggling businesses.

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