Sales Tax Initiative

22 Dec

Sales Tax Revenue Crisis Remains a Hot Media Topic

The issue of sales tax revenue declines has become a top priority for many states. Just this past week, there were a number of news articles and editorials about how states are looking to stave off these declines, as well as a report from California on how out-of-state online retailers' ability to sell items without collecting sales tax helped put one bookstore out of business.

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17 Dec

Report Finds States Will Try to Stop Sales Tax Declines

Faced with budget shortfalls, state governments will be looking at different ways to increase sales and use tax revenue, according to the white paper "The Impact of the Loss of State Sales and Use Tax Revenue", which was recently released by CCH, a provider of tax, accounting, and audit information, software, and services.

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09 Dec

Sales Tax Revenue Decline Spurs Media Support for E-Fairness

Most retailers have been hurt by the ongoing recession, but there is one retail sector that appears immune to the struggling economy: Internet retailers.

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02 Dec

New York Times Urges More States to Pass E-Fairness Legislation

On Friday, November 27, the New York Times' lead editorial urged other states that collect sales tax to follow New York's example and pass e-fairness legislation.

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19 Nov

Report Finds Amazon's Arguments Against E-Fairness Do Not Withstand Scrutiny

This week, the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) released a report that calls into question's justifications for opposing e-fairness legislation that has been passed or introduced in a number of states.

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12 Nov

Former Harvard Book Store Owner Calls for E-Fairness

On Thursday, November 5, Frank Kramer, owner emeritus of Harvard Book Store and co-chair of Cambridge Local First, spoke in favor of e-fairness at a public meeting on tax policy held in Cambridge by the Massachusetts Joint Committee on Revenue.

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29 Oct

ABA Calls on Alabama to Introduce E-Fairness Legislation

Faced with significant education and general budget shortfalls, officials in Alabama are examining the possibility of bringing the state into compliance with the Streamlined Sales and Use Tax Agreement (SSUTA) to recoup an estimated $104 million that could be lost in 2009 to remote online retailers, as reported by the Alabama Press-Register.

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24 Sep

ABA to Arizona: Require Amazon to Collect Sales Tax

On September 24, the American Booksellers Association wrote to the Arizona Department of Revenue to point out, once again, that's distribution facilities in Phoenix and Goodyear, Arizona, constitute a physical presence in the state and require the online giant to collect and remit sales tax for purchases made by Arizona residents.

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17 Sep

E-Fairness Cut From Connecticut Budget

Connecticut has finally resolved its budget battles two months after the start of the state's fiscal year, but, unfortunately for the state's bricks-and-mortar businesses, e-fairness legislation was left on the cutting room floor.

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30 Jul

Policy Center Urges States to Consider E-Fairness Law Similar to NY and RI

The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) is recommending that states collecting sales tax "give serious consideration" to adopting e-fairness legislation similar to the sales tax laws enacted by New York and Rhode Island.

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23 Jul

No E-Fairness in California Budget

Earlier this week, the e-fairness provision was left on the cutting room floor as California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger agreed with state legislators on a final budget plan, which did not include a provision for sales tax equity.

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09 Jul

The Latest on E-Fairness in California, Hawaii, North Carolina, and Rhode Island

The fight for sales tax equity continued in several states this week. National retail giants threatened that they would de-list affiliates if legislation enforcing e-fairness was approved, and state legislators continued the difficult task of negotiating budget settlements.


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01 Jul

Rhode Island Governor Signs E-Fairness Provision Into Law -- Efforts Continue in Four States

When Rhode Island Gov. Donald Carcieri signed his state's new budget into law on Tuesday, June 30, Rhode Island became the second state to require online retailers with affiliates in the state to collect tax on sales made to in-state residents over the Internet.

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25 Jun

Sales Tax Efforts Heat Up in California, Connecticut, and Rhode Island

With state budget deadlines looming at the end of June and legislatures scrambling to complete their work, the Campaign for E-Fairness is urging booksellers to ramp up efforts in support of pending state legislation that would level the playing field for the collection of sales tax on online sales and ensure the equitable enforcement of existing Internet sales tax laws.

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18 Jun

Internet Sales Tax Campaign Enters Critical Phase in Four States

This week, ABA's Campaign for E-Fairness reached critical legislative crossroads in four states where Internet sales tax legislation is under consideration.

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