Advocacy

07 Jul

Tennessee AG: State Can Require Amazon to Collect and Remit Sales Tax

In a decision with potential ramifications for other states, Tennessee’s Office of the Attorney General recently issued an opinion stating that it was “constitutionally defensible” for a state to require a remote retailer with a distribution facility or subsidiary in the state to collect and remit sales tax to the state.

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07 Jul

Local First Utah Hosts Discussion on E-Fairness

An Internet Taxation Forum organized by Local First Utah featured panelists on all sides of the e-fairness issue, from those in support of both state and federal solutions to those who oppose requiring remote retailers to collect and remit sales tax under any circumstances.

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05 Jul

Court Protects Free Speech in Alaska

The Federal District Court in Anchorage, Alaska, has permanently barred enforcement of an Alaska statute that violates the First Amendment right of free speech, saying it threatened to reduce all speech on the Internet “to only what is fit for children.”

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30 Jun

Retailers Disappointed by Fed’s Vote on Swipe Fees

Bringing a conclusion to months of furious Washington lobbying, the Federal Reserve on Wednesday, June 29, voted to set a cap on swipe fees for debit cards at 21 cents, a conclusion that pleased neither banks nor merchants.

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30 Jun

Sales Tax Fairness Provision Passes in California

In a hard-fought and significant legislative victory, on Wednesday, June 29, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed a sales tax fairness provision into law. The e-fairness win for independent bookstores and Main Street retailers follows more than a decade of advocacy efforts, which saw sustained opposition and many near-victories.

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27 Jun

Supreme Court Strikes Down Censorship Law

On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a California law banning video games with violent themes and images, saying that the state’s attempt to create a new category of First Amendment regulation for minors was “unprecedented and mistaken.” 

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23 Jun

Sales Tax Roundup: California, Louisiana, and Texas

In California, it’s still an open question whether Gov. Jerry Brown will sign sales tax fairness into law, while an affiliate nexus bill fell short in Louisiana. Meanwhile, Amazon.com is attempting to negotiate a five-year sales tax exemption in Texas.

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23 Jun

Sen. Durbin Warns “Battle on Swipe Fees Not Over”

Speaking at the National Retail Federation’s annual Washington Leadership Conference this week, Senate Majority Whip Richard Durbin (D-IL) warned that the battle on swipe fees is not over.

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22 Jun

ABFFE’s Finan to Be Honored This Weekend

ABFFE President Chris Finan will receive the 2011 Freedom to Read Foundation Roll of Honor Award at the American Library Association’s national conference in New Orleans on Friday, June 25.

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16 Jun

Ad Shows Media on Side of Sales Tax Fairness

On June 7, the same day Amazon.com opened its shareholders meeting in Seattle, the Alliance for Main Street Fairness ran full-page newspaper ads decrying the online retailers attempt to evade its obligation to collect and remit sales tax in states where it has nexus.

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16 Jun

California Gov. Vetoes Budget, But Sales Tax Fairness Stays in Mix

On Thursday, California Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed a proposed budget that contained a sales tax fairness provision. However, the sales tax fairness campaign in the state is not over. In vetoing the budget, Gov. Brown did not single out the sales tax fairness provision as a contibuting factor.

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15 Jun

Sales Tax Fairness Passes Louisiana House: Booksellers Urged to Call Senators

On Monday, June 13, the Louisiana House of Representatives approved legislation that would require remote retailers with online affiliates in the state to collect and remit sales tax for orders made by Louisiana residents.

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09 Jun

Victory for Retailers as Attempt to Delay Swipe Fee Implementation Fails in Senate

In a major victory for retailers, on Wednesday, June 9, the U.S. Senate rejected legislation that would have delayed the implementation of reforms that reduce swipe fees by ensuring that they are “reasonable and proportional” to the actual cost of processing a transaction.

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02 Jun

Pushing Back in the Face of Censorship

At a lively and thought-provoking BookExpo America panel, two bestselling authors and two nationally noted free speech advocates presented an overview and a frontline account of the tactics and trends of contemporary book banning.

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02 Jun

Letter Urges Legislators to Oppose Debit Card Swipe Fee Reform Rollback

ABA has created a template letter that booksellers can use to urge their legislators to oppose any attempt to delay debit card swipe fee reform set to take effect in July.

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