Sales Tax Initiative

14 Nov
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ABA Responds to News of Amazon HQ2

In strongly worded letters to the governors of New York and Virginia, ABA protested “providing massive subsidies of public funds and tax incentives” to one of the world’s largest corporations.

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29 Aug
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New Economic Nexus Information Available on BookWeb

The diversity of the economic nexus laws, particularly in regard to threshold requirements, may have left businesses unclear about their state tax obligations. 

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08 Aug

House Judiciary Committee Hearing Addresses Small Business Concerns Following Wayfair Decision

The hearing included remarks and testimony from retailers, advocates for tax reform and for small business, and legislators.

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31 Jul
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What Does South Dakota v. Wayfair Mean for Retailers?

In June, the Supreme Court ruled that states can legally collect tax from remote retailers deemed to have “economic nexus.”

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24 Jul

ABA’s E-Fairness Timeline: A Long and Winding Road to Success

A new E-Fairness Timeline available on ABA’s Advocacy page shows the many ups and downs throughout the long fight to sales tax fairness in which independent booksellers played a leading role.

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11 Jul

A Letter From ABA CEO Oren Teicher

Here, ABA CEO Oren Teicher discusses the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision to reverse a long-standing precedent and rule that all retailers — both bricks-and-mortar and online — must collect sales tax for online orders.

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25 Jun
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A Deeper Look at the Supreme Court Sales Tax Ruling

Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of a South Dakota law qualifying remote retailers that have $100,000 or more in sales or 200-plus transactions in the state as having a physical presence.

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21 Jun
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Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Sales Tax Fairness

In a major victory for sales tax fairness, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of South Dakota in a case that will redefine the legal obligation of online retailers regarding sales tax collection, South Dakota v. Wayfair, Overstock, and Newegg

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16 May
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Amazon Balks at Seattle’s “Head Tax” to Help the Homeless

The tax applies to companies that gross at least $20 million per year and will fund affordable housing and homeless services; since its proposal, Amazon — the city’s largest employer — has resisted the measure.

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25 Apr

“Prime Numbers” Spurs Booksellers to Urge Lawmakers to Level Playing Field

Booksellers are reaching out to lawmakers in response to a recent report that illuminated the repercussions of Amazon’s failure to collect and remit sales tax on its third-party marketplace sales.

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18 Apr
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Supreme Court Hears Oral Arguments in Sales Tax Fairness Case

South Dakota v. Wayfair, Overstock, and Newegg addresses online retailers’ obligation to collect and remit sales tax and what constitutes a business’ physical presence in a state.

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16 Apr

Booksellers Urged to Get Word Out About Prime Numbers

ABA and Civic Economics have made available a variety of resources to support booksellers’ efforts to promote discussion and take action to ensure that Amazon competes with their stores on a level playing field.

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04 Apr

Amazon Study Reveals Explosive Growth of Third-Party Sales, Sales Tax Avoidance

Prime Numbers, a new report from ABA and Civic Economics, reveals the continuing — and increasing — loss of jobs and essential state and municipal revenue as a result of the growing retail dominance of Amazon.

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16 Jan

Supreme Court Will Take Up E-Fairness Definition

In a significant first step toward potentially leveling the playing field for all retailers, the U.S. Supreme Court has decided to consider a case that would change the legal obligation of online retailers regarding collecting sales tax.

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14 Nov

15 Amicus Briefs Filed in Support of South Dakota Sales Tax Fairness Petition to Supreme Court

A number of groups have filed briefs to the U.S. Supreme Court in support of a petition that urges the revision of a 1992 decision that defines which retailers are liable to collect and remit a state’s sales tax.

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