15 Mar

In Vermont, Arkansas, and Minnesota, Sales Tax Fairness Efforts Pick Up Steam

On the heels of the passage of an affiliate nexus law in Illinois, sales tax fairness bills in Vermont, Arkansas, and Minnesota have had early successes.

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10 Mar

Victory! Illinois Governor Signs Sales Tax Fairness Bill

In what is a significant victory for sales tax fairness, Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn today signed sales tax fairness legislation into law. HB3659 will require remote retailers with broad networks of online affiliates in Illinois to collect and remit sales tax for purchases made by Illinois residents.

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09 Mar

Key California Assembly Committee Hears Testimony on Sales Tax Fairness

On Monday, March 7, the California Assembly Committee on Revenue and Taxation heard testimony regarding one of several sales tax equity bills expected to be introduced this legislative session. Speakers at the hearing included NCIBA Executive Director Hut Landon.

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03 Mar

Forbes Wonders if’s Sales Tax Battle Is a Losing Effort

The national fight for sales tax equity garnered prominent media attention this week, even as threatened to terminate its affiliate marketers in California should the state pass e-fairness legislation.

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24 Feb

ABA Urges Texas Governor to Support Efforts to Collect Taxes From

This week, ABA CEO Oren Teicher wrote to Texas Gov. Rick Perry to express the association’s full support for the state comptroller’s attempts to collect back sales tax from and to require the online retailer to collect and remit future sales tax to the state.

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17 Feb

Sales Tax Workshop and ABA Forum Coming to Indianapolis

ABA’s 2011 Spring Forum Tour arrives in Indianapolis, Indiana, on Thursday, March 3. The program, presented in conjunction with GLiBA, will be held from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Big Hat Books & Arts.

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17 Feb

Booksellers Testify at Sales Tax Fairness Hearings in Arizona & Vermont

On Wednesday, February 16, ABA member booksellers testified at hearings on sales tax fairness bills that would clarify existing state laws in Arizona and in Vermont.

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11 Feb

Amazon Pulling Out of Texas Over Sales Tax

Rather than comply with an assessment from the state of Texas to pay $269 million in uncollected sales tax, has announced that it will close its distribution facility in the Dallas suburb of Irving on April 12 and will cancel plans to build additional facilities in the state.

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10 Feb

Privacy Case Related to North Carolina Sales Tax Fairness Fight Settled

The North Carolina Department of Revenue has reached a settlement in the legal fight regarding the state’s request for sales data from in its efforts to recoup an estimated $50 million in lost tax revenue for online purchases.

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09 Feb

Groups Voice Support for Swipe Fee Reforms

Late last week, trade associations and Main Street businesses of all sizes, led by the Retail Industry Leaders Association, wrote to the Federal Reserve in support of swipe fee reform. More than 1,500 companies and associations, including ABA and NACS,  signed the letter.

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02 Feb

Illinois Booksellers Meet With Governor’s Office in Support of Sales Tax Fairness

On Tuesday, February 1, four ABA member booksellers braved threats of an impending blizzard and joined other retailers in a meeting with members of Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn’s office to urge the governor to sign HB3659, sales tax fairness legislation.

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02 Feb

Indie Retail & Activism: The Business Road to Political Change

Wendy Hudson of Nantucket Bookworks, Jakob Wolf-Barnett of Revolution Cycles, and Rick Karp of Cole Hardware discussed the advocacy process and how vital it is for independent bookstores during Legislative Day at Wi6.

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01 Feb

Reader Privacy Advocates Urge Calls to Congress

With debate picking up in Washington over reauthorization of sections of the USA Patriot Act that are set to expire on February 28, the Campaign for Reader Privacy is urging supporters to ask their members of Congress to support the restoration of safeguards for reader privacy eliminated by passage of the act in 2001.

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26 Jan

2011 Survey Reaffirms “Buy Local” Message Benefits Indie Businesses

For the fourth year in a row, a national survey of independent businesses has found that those in communities with active “buy local” campaigns have experienced markedly stronger revenue growth compared to those located in areas without such initiatives.

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20 Jan

New Study Presented at AIR Summit Identifies Top U.S. Cities for Independent Retail

A new study presented at the first-ever national meeting of leaders of independent, local, and community-based businesses has ranked more than 300 U.S. metropolitan areas according to the vitality of independent retail.

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