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26 Apr

Judge Strikes Down Affiliate Nexus Law in Illinois

In a blow to Illinois’ Main Street retailers, Cook County Circuit Judge Robert Lopez Cepero ruled Wednesday that a law requiring remote retailers with a broad network of online affiliates acting as sales agents in the state to collect and remit sales tax was unconstitutional.

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25 Apr

ABA Submits Testimony to Senate Finance Committee

This week, ABA submitted written testimony to the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance in support of the Marketplace Fairness Act (S. 1832), legislation that would give states the right to require remote retailers to collect and remit sales tax in the state, if they choose to do so.

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18 Apr

ABA to Massachusetts: Amazon Should Collect Sales Tax

ABA CEO Oren Teicher urged the Massachusetts Department of Revenue to require to collect and remit sales tax on orders made by Massachusetts residents. Teicher’s letter was prompted by news that is opening an office in Cambridge. 

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12 Apr

Court Strikes Down Colorado E-Fairness Law

A U.S. District Court struck down as unconstitutional a sales tax fairness law in Colorado that required out-of-state retailers to either collect and remit sales tax for purchases made by Colorado residents or inform their Colorado customers that they owe use tax on any purchase they have made.

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11 Apr

Utah Governor Signs Sales Tax Fairness Bill

On Wednesday, April 4, Utah Gov. Gary Herbert signed into law a bill that requires remote retailers with nexus in Utah via distribution centers or subsidiaries to collect and remit sales tax for purchases made by state residents.

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29 Mar

Iowa and Louisiana Take Steps Towards Sales Tax Fairness

The campaign for sales tax fairness continued to heat up this week, with legislative activity in Iowa and Louisiana.

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22 Mar

A Sales Tax Fairness Update

Here’s a roundup of recent developments on the sales tax fairness front in Connecticut, Georgia, Kansas, Maine, Minnesota, Missouri, and New Jersey, as well as a report on ABA’s recent meetings with the staff of key legislators in support of a federal solution.

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15 Mar

Arizona Sales Tax Fairness Suffers Setback

The sales tax equity fight continues in Arizona, despite recent legislative setbacks in the state Senate.

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08 Mar

New Jersey Holds Hearing on Amazon Tax Exemption

At press time, the New Jersey Senate Budget Committee was scheduled to hold a hearing on S. 1762, legislation that would provide a temporary sales tax exemption in exchange for the retailer’s opening two warehouses in the state.

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08 Mar

Arizona and Utah Senates Act on Sales Tax Fairness Legislation

The Arizona state Senate is voting today on SB 1338, legislation that would clarify sales tax laws in the state by requiring any company with a warehouse or distribution center in Arizona to collect and remit sales tax. Meanwhile, in Utah the state Senate overwhelmingly passed similar legislation.

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01 Mar

Utah House Passes Sales Tax Fairness Bill

On Thursday, March 1, the Utah House of Representatives passed H.B. 384, legislation that would require remote retailers with nexus in Utah via distribution centers or subsidiaries to collect and remit sales tax.

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23 Feb

More E-Fairness News: Virginia Closes Loophole, Kansas Holds Hearing

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell’s office announced this week that an agreement on sales tax fairness legislation had been reached with, members of the General Assembly, and key retailers. In Kansas, ABA Board member Sarah Bagby of Watermark Books & Café testified before a state Senate committee in support of sales tax fairness legislation.

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23 Feb

NJ Lawmakers Introduce Legislation Benefiting Amazon

Four New Jersey state lawmakers have introduced legislation that would provide online retailers with a sales tax exemption in exchange for a capital investment and the creation of full-time jobs in the state between January 1, 2012, and December 1, 2013.

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16 Feb

Amazon Seeks Tax Exemption in New Jersey, Announces New Warehouse in Delaware is promising New Jersey that it will open two warehouses in the state in exchange for a 22-month sales tax exemption even as it announced plans to open a $90 million, 1.2 million-square-foot warehouse in Delaware, a state that does not collect and remit sales tax.

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