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30 Aug

ABA Releases Updated Sales Tax Fairness FAQ

This week, the American Booksellers Association published an updated “Sales Tax Fairness FAQ.”  The FAQ provides booksellers with quick, easy-to-understand answers to some of the more common questions asked about ABA’s sales tax fairness advocacy efforts.

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22 Aug

Amazon to Start Collecting Sales Tax in California and Pennsylvania

The push for sales tax fairness in California and Pennsylvania, which came to a head in 2011, will bear fruit next month.

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02 Aug

ABA VP Steve Bercu Testifies in Support of Sales Tax Fairness at Senate Hearing

On Wednesday, August 1, Steve Bercu, CEO and co-owner of BookPeople, in Austin, Texas, and ABA vice president, was one of four panelists to testify at a Senate Commerce Committee hearing on the Marketplace Fairness Act (S. 1832).

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25 Jul

House Judiciary Hears Testimony on Marketplace Equity Act

On Tuesday, July 24, the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on the Judiciary held a full committee hearing on the Marketplace Equity Act (H.R. 3179), which seeks to level the playing field in regard to the equitable collection of sales tax for online purchases.

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18 Jul

Booksellers Urged to Act in Support of Marketplace Equity Act

On Tuesday, July 24, the U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee will hold a full committee hearing on the Marketplace Equity Act (H.R. 3179). Booksellers are urged to contact their representatives to voice support for the e-fairness bill.

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12 Jul

Push to Pass Federal Sales Tax Fairness Legislation Heats Up

With a House hearing on the Marketplace Equity Act less than two weeks away, booksellers are urged to contact their representatives to ask for their support of the sales tax fairness bill.

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02 Jul

Editorials Call for Sales Tax Fairness

As the July 1 deadline for Amazon to begin collecting sales tax in Texas approached, a number of newspapers across the country published editorials declaring that the time had come for sales tax fairness.

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27 Jun

Amazon and Subsidiaries to Begin Collecting Texas Sales Tax

On Sunday, July 1, under the parameters of a deal struck with the Texas comptroller’s office, Amazon.com will begin collecting and remitting sales tax to Texas for purchases made by state residents from Amazon and its many subsidiaries.

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14 Jun

Iowa Governor Calls for Federal Sales Tax Fairness

This week, Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad (R) urged his state’s U.S. senators to support the Marketplace Fairness Act, federal legislation that would allow states to require remote retailers to collect and remit sales tax in the state.

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31 May

Amazon to Collect NJ Sales Tax Starting July 2013

On May 30, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie announced that that the state had come to an agreement with Amazon.com that will have the retailer begin collecting and remitting state sales tax in exchange for opening two new warehouses in New Jersey.

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30 May

Booksellers Asked to Contact Lawmakers in Support of E-Fairness

ABA is encouraging its members to reach out to their state governors and federal lawmakers in support of sales tax fairness legislation currently under consideration in the U.S. House and Senate.

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17 May

Michigan Governor Supports Sales Tax Fairness

In a letter to the U.S. Senate dated May 9, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder publicly announced his support for the Marketplace Fairness Act (S. 1832).

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10 May

New England Local Business Forum: Collaboration Is Key

The New England Local Business Forum last week in Cambridge, Massachusetts, brought together partners in the book, bike, and toy industries to create a diverse environment for sharing innovative ideas and learning how to better grow local businesses.

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03 May

A Texas-Size Win for Main Street

The state of Texas has struck a deal with Amazon.com that will require the online retailer to begin collecting and remitting sales tax to the state for purchases by Texas residents beginning July 1, 2012. 

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03 May

Nevada Extends Amazon’s Sales Tax Advantage

Last week, Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval (R) announced the state had worked out a deal with Amazon.com that would continue the online retailer’s sales tax advantage over Main Street businesses for another two years.

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