14 Sep

ABA Lowers Monthly IndieCommerce Fee

The price that ABA member stores pay each month for their IndieCommerce websites is going down.  This week, ABA announced that the monthly fee for IndieCommerce subscribers would be reduced from $225 per month to $175 per month, beginning October 1.

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10 Sep

California Legislature Passes Amended Sales Tax Fairness Bill into Law

Late Friday, September 9, California legislators voted overwhelmingly to approve an amended sales tax fairness bill that would provide Amazon.com with a one-year sales tax exemption while increasing the minimum small business exemption to $1 million from $500,000 in annual sales.

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10 Aug

IndieBound eReading App in Development

ABA is working with Bluefire Productions to create a version of the company’s popular BlueFire Reader app for IndieCommerce stores selling Google eBooks™. 

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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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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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14 Jul

Now Time to Promote Affiliate Programs

Recent moves by Amazon.com to circumvent sales tax equity legislation offer indie booksellers an opportunity to market their affiliate programs to recently fired affiliates, who are searching for alternatives.

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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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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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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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16 Jun

E-Book Sales Boom During Unbridled Promotion

Last week, independent bookstores experienced a significant jump in e-book sales thanks to Unbridled Books’ partnership with ABA, which featured the promotion of 25 e-books for 25 cents.

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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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