E-commerce

06 Mar

ABA Urges Members to Reach Out to Federal Legislators

ABA is encouraging booksellers to ask their federal lawmakers to support the Marketplace Fairness Act of 2013, legislation that would give states the authority to require remote retailers to collect and remit sales tax on purchases made by customers in their state.

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28 Feb

Sales Tax Laws Move Forward in Utah and West Virginia

As a bipartisan coalition of U.S. lawmakers seeks to pass federal sales tax fairness legislation, a Utah Senate committee approved an affiliate-nexus bill sponsored by Sen. Wayne Harper, and in West Virginia, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has proposed legislation that would require remote retailers with warehouses in the state to collect and remit sales tax.

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20 Feb

Georgia Sales Tax Deadline Looms for Amazon

Today, February 20, is the date set by state of Georgia for all retailers to submit sales taxes collected for the month of January. Legislation, which went into effect on January 1, made clear that Amazon.com has nexus in Georgia and is therefore required to collect sales tax on purchases made by state residents.

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14 Feb

Sales Tax Fairness Bill Reintroduced in Congress

On Thursday, February 14, a bipartisan group of U.S. senators and representatives announced the introduction of a sales tax fairness bill that would give states the authority to require remote retailers to collect and remit sales tax on purchases made by customers in their state.

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07 Feb

Connecticut Cuts Deal With Amazon

Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy has announced that as of November 1, 2013, Amazon.com will begin collecting state sales tax in exchange for opening a distribution center in Connecticut and bringing jobs to the state.

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07 Feb

Indiana House Passes Affiliate-Nexus/Warehouse Law

On Monday, February 4, the Indiana House of Representatives passed sales tax fairness legislation that would require remote retailers with nexus in the state via online affiliates or warehouses to collect and remit sales tax to the state beginning July 1, 2013.

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07 Feb

Amazon Faces Off With New York State Over Sales Tax Law

More than two years after a New York State appellate court dismissed claims by Amazon.com and Overstock.com that the state’s sales tax fairness law was unconstitutional, on Wednesday, February 6, the defendants were back in court arguing their case, this time before the State of New York Court of Appeals.

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30 Jan

Majority of U.S. Population Lives in States With Sales Tax Fairness

The national landscape regarding equitable sales tax collection has shifted dramatically, according to figures tabulated by ABA.

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30 Jan

Pre-Ordering Launches on Kobo eBooks

Customers looking to pre-order upcoming eBook releases can now do so from stores participating in the ABA/Kobo partnership.

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24 Jan

Digital Book World: Closing the Discovery Gap

Among the topics put forth at morning sessions on Thursday, January 17, at the Digital Book World Conference + Expo were a discussion on how Kobo is helping independent bookstores reach the e-book market and a look at consumers’ attitudes toward e-books and how they’ve changed over the course of just a few years.

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03 Jan

Sales Tax Fairness Punted to 2013 Congressional Session

Despite the aggressive efforts of proponents, the 112th session of Congress closed without a vote on sales tax fairness legislation. Sponsors of the Marketplace Fairness Act are now focusing on passage in the new session of Congress.

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18 Dec

Governors Urge Congress to Pass Sales Tax Fairness

Last week, the National Governors Association wrote to the Senate Committee on Finance to urge passage of the Marketplace Fairness Act (S. 1832) this year.

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12 Dec

Amazon.com to Collect Sales Tax in Massachusetts Starting Fall 2013

On Tuesday, December 11, Gov. Deval Patrick announced that Amazon.com will collect and remit sales tax in Massachusetts starting next fall and that the online retailer will work with the state toward enactment of federal legislation to resolve the sales tax issue.

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11 Dec

Calls for Sales Tax Fairness Increase as Congressional Session Nears End

With the 112th Congress set to conclude at year’s end, an increasing number of newspaper editorial pages have been urging the passage of federal sales tax fairness legislation.

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