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09 Nov

ABA Hails Introduction of the Marketplace Fairness Act

ABA welcomed this week’s introduction in the Senate of the Marketplace Fairness Act, legislation that would provide states with authorization to require remote sellers to collect and remit state sales tax, as an important step toward a national sales tax fairness solution.

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13 Oct

ABA to Hold Sales Tax Fairness Advocacy Day in D.C. November 2

ABA announced this week that it is inviting independent association executives and independent business advocacy groups and their members to Washington, D.C., to advocate on behalf of a national sales tax fairness solution.

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13 Oct

New Federal Sales Tax Fairness Legislation Introduced

This week, a coalition of small businesses joined Rep. Jackie Speier and Rep. Steve Womack in Washington, D.C., for the introduction of the Marketplace Equity Act.

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06 Oct

Deal With Amazon Leaves Tennessee Businesses at Competitive Disadvantage

Tennessee has become the latest state to negotiate an agreement with Amazon.com that would postpone the date by which the online retailer must collect state sales tax.

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29 Sep

Study Shows Sales Tax Inequity’s Impact on New Jersey

According to a study released this week, New Jersey lost $171 million in non-collected sales and use tax on business-to-consumer Internet purchases of goods and services from out-of-state vendors in 2009.

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23 Sep

California Governor Signs Amended Sales Tax Fairness Bill

On Friday, September 23, Gov. Jerry Brown signed an amended sales tax fairness bill that was the result of a last-minute deal California lawmakers made with Amazon.com.

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22 Sep

Michigan Lawmakers Introduce Sales Tax Fairness Legislation

On Tuesday, Michigan state representatives Eileen Kowall (R) and Jim Ananich (D) joined with bricks-and-mortar retailers, including Matt Norcross of McLean & Eakin Booksellers, at a press event to introduce the Michigan Main Street Fairness Act.

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22 Sep

Tennessee Study Projects Sales Tax Inequity to Cost More Than 10,000 Jobs

A new study released this week estimates that over the next five years, the failure of remote, online retailers to collect sales tax will cost the state of Tennessee more than 10,000 jobs and about $3 billion in revenue.

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15 Sep

Booksellers Urged to Action in Support of Main Street Fairness

ABA is urging members to contact their senators and governor in support of the Main Street Fairness Act, which was introduced by Sen. Dick Durbin in late July. A template letter that can be adapted and sent is available.

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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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01 Sep

SIBA to Host Sales Tax Summit at Trade Show

At this month’s SIBA trade show, attendees will have an opportunity to hear an important update on the e-fairness fight from a national and regional perspective, to learn what’s unfolding in key battleground states (including South Carolina, Virginia, and Florida), and to ask questions about what can be a complex and confusing issue.

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25 Aug

Op-Ed: Stop Online-Only Bullies From Hurting Florida Businesses

This week, Florida’s St. Petersburg Times and Tampa Tribune published op-eds by Inkwood Books co-owner Carla Jimenez, who calls on state lawmakers to level the playing field by passing a sales tax fairness law similar to the ones passed in other states, including California, Illinois, and New York.

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17 Aug

Sales Tax Fairness Issue Heats Up in Tennessee

Earlier this month, state Sen. Randy McNally and Rep. Charles Sargent sought the Tennessee Attorney General’s legal opinion as to whether companies that maintain warehouse or distribution facilities in the state are already required to collect and remit sales tax under current sales tax laws.

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10 Aug

ABA Urges Senators to Support Main Street Fairness Act

This week, ABA CEO Oren Teicher wrote to Senators Susan Collins and Olympia J. Snowe of Maine to urge them to support the Main Street Fairness Act. In a recent news article, Sen. Snowe said she opposed the federal sales tax fairness legislation and Sen. Collins expressed doubts.

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04 Aug

A Letter to Booksellers From ABA's CEO Oren Teicher

This week, ABA CEO Oren Teicher shares an update on association activities with members. Last month, ABA President Becky Anderson wrote the membership, and, moving ahead, she and Teicher will alternate each month with updates about the association's activities.

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