Sales Tax Initiative

18 Jan

Bulk of U.S. Population Resides in States With Level Playing Field

ABA’s recently updated E-Fairness Map provides visual proof that a majority of states are taking strides to level the playing field for Main Street retailers.

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03 Jan

Sales Tax Roundup: Amazon to Begin Collecting Sales Tax in Three More States

On January 1, Amazon began collecting and remitting sales tax on in-state purchases in Iowa, Louisiana, and Nebraska.

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20 Dec

New York Times Op-Ed Contributor: Time Has Come for Honest Conversation About Digital Monopolies

New York Times op-ed contributor Jonathan Taplin calls into question the market dominance of Facebook, Google, Apple, and Amazon, especially in comparison to the proposed AT&T–Time Warner merger.

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19 Dec

Advocates for Independent Business Holds First Summit in D.C.

How to ensure that the voice of indie businesses is heard on both the national and local levels was the focus at the first Advocates for Independent Business Summit, held last week in Washington, D.C.

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30 Nov

New Report Provides Analysis on Amazon’s Negative Impact

A new report from the Institute for Local Self-Reliance provides a comprehensive analysis of the negative impact of Amazon’s expansion and growing power — and what can be done to address its dominance.

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29 Nov

Sales Tax Update: Wyoming and Ohio

Wyoming and Ohio took steps in November to impose a tax on out-of-state businesses that lack a physical presence in the state.

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28 Sep

Updated Study Drives Home Amazon’s Negative Impact on Economy

On September 28, ABA and Civic Economics released a full update of their “Amazon and Empty Storefronts” study. The new data, from 2015, shows that Amazon’s negative impact on Main Streets is growing significantly worse.

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21 Sep

Amazon to Collect Sales Tax on D.C. Purchases

Amazon will begin collecting and remitting sales tax in Washington, D.C., in October. The decision appears to be related to Amazon’s desire to open a storefront location in the District.

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17 Aug

BTW News Briefs

B&N announces CEO’s departure; Amazon to start collecting sales tax in Alabama; PEN/Nabokov Award revived to honor international writers; Christian Robinson to illustrate 2017 Children’s Book Week poster; Sesame Street and Running Press team up

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06 Jul

Tennessee Looks to Adopt New Nexus Rule for Remote Sales

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam is urging the state’s Department of Revenue to adopt a rule that would let the state collect sales tax from online companies that sell more than $500,000 annually in the state.

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21 Jun

Bookseller Feedback Wanted on Antitrust Action Kit

ABA is seeking feedback from booksellers who have used the Antitrust Action Kit to urge state or federal officials to investigate Amazon for antitrust violations.

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13 Jun

Booksellers Urged to Use Antitrust Action Kit to Contact Lawmakers

Booksellers who haven’t already adapted the Antitrust Action Kit’s easy-to-use templates to ask lawmakers to investigate Amazon’s business model for antitrust violations are encouraged to do so now.

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03 May

South Dakota Sues Remote Retailers Over Sales Tax, Retailers Sue South Dakota

Two groups are challenging each other over sales tax collection in South Dakota, but their goal is likely the same: To take U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy up on his invitation to legally define nexus in a technological era far different than when the court last considered the issue.

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19 Apr

Guest Column by Sarah Bagby in Wichita Business Journal Decries Amazon Subsidies

A guest column in the Wichita Business Journal by ABA Board member Sarah Bagby, of Watermark Books & Café, questions the state’s economic policy in providing an out-of-state competitor with subsidies.

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23 Mar

Louisiana Law Levels Playing Field for Main Street Retailers

Starting April 1, certain remote retailers will be required to collect and remit Louisiana sales tax, as a result of e-fairness legislation passed earlier this month.

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