Sales Tax Initiative

Bookselling This Week logo
04 Aug

Senator Durbin Introduces Main Street Fairness Act, Federal Sales Tax Fairness Legislation

On Friday, July 29, Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) introduced the Main Street Fairness Act, federal sales tax fairness legislation that would authorize states under the Streamlined Sales and Use Tax Agreement (SSUTA) to require remote retailers to collect and remit sales tax in those states.

Read More
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.

Read More
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.

Read More
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.

Read More
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.

Read More
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.

Read More
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.

Read More
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.

Read More
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.

Read More
07 Jul

Local First Utah Hosts Discussion on E-Fairness

An Internet Taxation Forum organized by Local First Utah featured panelists on all sides of the e-fairness issue, from those in support of both state and federal solutions to those who oppose requiring remote retailers to collect and remit sales tax under any circumstances.

Read More
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.

Read More
23 Jun

Sales Tax Roundup: California, Louisiana, and Texas

In California, it’s still an open question whether Gov. Jerry Brown will sign sales tax fairness into law, while an affiliate nexus bill fell short in Louisiana. Meanwhile, Amazon.com is attempting to negotiate a five-year sales tax exemption in Texas.

Read More
16 Jun

Ad Shows Media on Side of Sales Tax Fairness

On June 7, the same day Amazon.com opened its shareholders meeting in Seattle, the Alliance for Main Street Fairness ran full-page newspaper ads decrying the online retailers attempt to evade its obligation to collect and remit sales tax in states where it has nexus.

Read More
16 Jun

California Gov. Vetoes Budget, But Sales Tax Fairness Stays in Mix

On Thursday, California Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed a proposed budget that contained a sales tax fairness provision. However, the sales tax fairness campaign in the state is not over. In vetoing the budget, Gov. Brown did not single out the sales tax fairness provision as a contibuting factor.

Read More
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.

Read More

Pages

About ABA

The American Booksellers Association, a national not-for-profit trade organization, works with booksellers and industry partners to ensure the success and profitability of independently owned book retailers, and to assist in expanding the community of the book.

Independent bookstores act as community anchors; they serve a unique role in promoting the open exchange of ideas, enriching the cultural life of communities, and creating economically vibrant neighborhoods.

Contact

 

 

Copyright 2019 American Booksellers Association. BookWeb is a registered trademark of ABA.
Privacy Policy, Cookie Policy, Accessibility Statement