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02 Jun

Performance Marketing Association Sues Over Affiliate Nexus Law

On Wednesday, June 1, the Performance Marketing Association, a trade association of online affiliates and large online retailers — including Amazon.com — filed a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of Illinois’ affiliate nexus law.

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02 Jun

Sales Tax Fairness: Two States Move Forward, Two Step Back

While California and Louisiana moved sales tax fairness bills forward this week, Texas and South Carolina blinked in their showdowns with Amazon.com.

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19 May

Sales Tax Fairness Campaign Heats Up in South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas

The campaign for sales tax fairness has heated up in key states where Amazon.com has or is planning to open warehouse or distribution facilities.

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12 May

Attempt to Repeal E-Fairness in Colorado Fails; Texas Senate Committee Passes Bill

Sales tax fairness successes continued this week as an attempt to repeal a sales tax fairness law in Colorado failed and the Texas Senate Finance Committee unanimously passed sales tax fairness legislation.

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05 May

ABA Urges South Carolina to Level Playing Field

This week, ABA CEO Oren Teicher called on South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley to support efforts to clarify existing tax laws to require companies with broad networks of online affiliates to collect and remit sales tax to the state.

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05 May

Pennsylvania Holds Hearing on Sales Tax Fairness

On Wednesday, May 4, the Pennsylvania Senate Finance Committee held a hearing on sales tax fairness. Committee members heard testimony from both opponents and supporters of efforts to ensure that all retailers collect sales tax for online sales.

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05 May

Sales Tax Fairness Victory in Connecticut

On Wednesday, May 4,  Connecticut Gov. Dannell Malloy signed a state budget into law that includes an affiliate nexus provision requiring remote retailers with broad networks of online affiliates in the state to collect and remit sales tax.

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28 Apr

South Carolina House Votes Down Amazon Sales Tax Exemption

Independent bookstores and other bricks-and-mortar retailers scored a victory yesterday when the South Carolina House of Representatives defeated an amendment to H3488 that would have given Amazon.com a special sales tax exemption.

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28 Apr

Sales Tax Fairness Moves Forward in Connecticut and Texas

Late last week, Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy announced a budget deal that includes an affiliate nexus tax. In Texas, a sales tax fairness bill introduced by Rep. John Otto overwhelmingly passed the Texas House.

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28 Apr

A Q&A With Michelle Ahlmer of the Arizona Retailers Association

Michelle Ahlmer, executive director of the Arizona Retailers Association, discusses the hard work that resulted in Arizona sales tax fairness legislation making significant progress this year, as well as the prospects for next year.

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21 Apr

South Carolina Committee Approves Amazon Sales Tax Exemption; Bill Moves to Senate

ABA is asking member bookstores in South Carolina to call senators in both their store and home districts to urge them to vote “No” on S. 808,  a bill that would provide Amazon.com and QVC with a five-year sales tax exemption.

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21 Apr

Sales Tax Fairness Language Dropped From Arizona Bill

Despite making significant progress in the legislature, it appears that sales tax equity legislation will not come to a vote in Arizona this year.

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14 Apr

Booksellers Testify at Sales Tax Fairness Hearings

In the past week, Massachusetts booksellers David Didriksen and Carole Horne and Vermont booksellers Liza Bernard and Chris Morrow participated in hearings in support of sales tax fairness legislation in their respective states.

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07 Apr

Sales Tax Fairness Issue Continues to Heat Up Around Country

It is shaping up to be a notable year for sales tax fairness, as more states introduce, pass, or sign sales tax fairness legislation into law despite threats by Amazon.com and Overstock.com to terminate sales affiliates or close warehouses.

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31 Mar

ABA Hosts Two Productive Sales Tax Workshops

This week, ABA hosted sales tax fairness workshops at Booksellers Forums in Salt Lake City, Utah, in conjunction with MPIBA, and Manhattan Beach, California, in conjunction with SCIBA.

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