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05 Aug

ABA Responds to New Republic's "In Defense of Amazon"

ABA CEO Oren Teicher recently sent a Letter to the Editor of The New Republic in response to Senior Editor Ruth Franklin's piece "In Defense of Amazon."

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29 Jul

Rep. Delahunt Urges Passage of Main Street Fairness Act

This morning, at a press conference in Washington, D.C., Rep. William Delahunt joined with a bipartisan group of state lawmakers and small business owners to urge passage of the Main Street Fairness Act (H.R. 5660).

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14 Jul

ABA Urges Booksellers to Support Main Street Fairness Act

This week, ABA CEO Oren Teicher thanked Rep. William Delahunt for introducing the Main Street Fairness Act, and he encouraged booksellers nationwide to write to their legislators to express support for the bill.

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08 Jul

Rep. Delahunt Introduces Sales Tax Fairness Bill

Rep. William Delahunt has introduced the Main Street Fairness Act, which would authorize the 24 states that are part of the Streamlined Sales and Use Tax Agreement to require remote retailers to collect and remit sales tax on orders in their states.

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30 Jun

Booksellers Asked to Contact Candidates Re Sales Tax Fairness

ABA is asking member booksellers in the states that collect sales tax but that do not currently have e-fairness laws to urge both gubernatorial and state legislative candidates to make sales tax fairness a part of their agenda.

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24 Jun

ABA Launches New Phase in Its Sales Tax Fairness Campaign

A wide array of associations, led by ABA, will begin reaching out this week to gubernatorial candidates about the need for sales tax fairness. ABA is asking its member booksellers in the states that collect sales tax but that do not currently have e-fairness laws to help with the effort.

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17 Jun

New Op-Ed in E-Fairness Action Kit

A new template op-ed tackling the irony in Amazon.com's recent decision to sell its Kindle e-reader in Target stores nationwide has been added to the E-Fairness Action Kit on Bookweb.org. Booksellers are encouraged to adapt the op-ed and send it to their local newspapers.

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10 Jun

North Carolina Provides Clarification on Amazon Use Tax Challenge

According to North Carolina Department of Revenue (NCDOR) Secretary Kenneth R. Lay, his department has no interest in obtaining, nor did it ask for, title-specific book data from Amazon.com in the state's efforts to enforce its use tax laws.

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02 Jun

Power to the Booksellers: Building Coalitions to Win the Fight for E-Fairness

ABA's Day of Education session "Power to the Bookseller" featured ABA CEO Oren Teicher and Jim Sherin, president and CEO of the Retail Council of New York.

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20 May

Final E-Fairness Fact Sheets Now Available

This week, the final state-specific fact sheets were added to the E-Fairness Action Kit (E-FACT) on BookWeb.org.  E-FACT provides booksellers with a wide array of tools for their e-fairness outreach efforts.

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13 May

Connecticut Drops Sales Tax Fairness Bill

A Connecticut bill that would have required remote retailers that had online affiliates in the state acting as sales agents to collect and remit sales tax was tabled as the legislative session ended on Thursday, May 6. Though the bill, HB 5481, passed the Finance Committee with strong support, lawmakers backed away from the bill after Amazon.com threatened to fire its Connecticut affiliates if the bill was signed into law.

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13 May

New York Times Editorial Calls for Sales Tax Equity

Following media coverage of Amazon.com's legal challenge to North Carolina's attempts to collect sales tax for online sales, a New York Times editorial characterized the retail giant's federal court action as a "losing battle to defend its longstanding practice of not collecting sales taxes in most states where it does business."

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13 May

E-Fairness Action Kit: New State-Specific Fact Sheets Added

This week, 10 more state-specific fact sheets were added to the E-Fairness Action Kit (E-FACT) on BookWeb.org, the American Bookseller Association's member website. Next week, the ABA will add the final fact sheets for the remaining states that collect sales tax but do not yet have e-fairness laws. ABA launched E-FACT in January to provide booksellers with a wide array of state-specific tools to help them in their e-fairness outreach efforts.

New fact sheets are now available for:

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06 May

E-Fairness: 10 New State-Specific Fact Sheets Available

Ten new state-specific fact sheets were added this week to the E-Fairness Action Kit (E-FACT) on BookWeb.org, ABA's member website. Over the next month, the American Booksellers Association will add fact sheets for each of the states that collect sales tax but do not yet have e-fairness laws. ABA launched E-FACT in January to provide booksellers with a wide array of state-specific tools to help them in their e-fairness outreach efforts.

New fact sheets are now available for:

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22 Apr

New Materials Available in E-Fairness Action Kit

This week, the American Booksellers Association began adding state-specific fact sheets to the E-Fairness Action Kit (E-FACT) on BookWeb.org, ABA's member website. Fact sheets are now available for California, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, New Mexico, and Tennessee. Over the next month, ABA will add fact sheets for each of the states that collect sales tax but do not yet have e-fairness laws.

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