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20 May

E-Fairness Op-Ed: Internet tax avoidance hurts jobs, public


Hut
Landon

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07 May

Trade Associations Call on Minnesota Governor to Support E-Fairness Bill

This week, a group of independent trade associations joined to urge Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty to support Internet sales tax legislation included in the omnibus tax bills currently being considered in conference committee.

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07 May

North Carolina Latest State to Introduce Internet Sales Tax Provision

The American Booksellers Association is calling on member bookstores in North Carolina to urge their legislators to support Internet sales tax legislation currently under consideration in the state Assembly.

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30 Apr

California's Internet Sales Tax Legislation Held Over

This week, California Internet Sales Tax legislation (A.B. 178) -- which would require out-of-state companies that have affiliates in California to collect and remit sales tax on sales made over the Internet to in-state customers -- was held over for future consideration.

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23 Apr

Bookseller Scheduled to Testify at California Hearing on Internet Sales Tax

On Monday, April 27, Alzada Knickerbocker of The Avid Reader in Davis, California, and Hut Landon, the executive director of the Northern California Independent Booksellers Association (NCIBA), are scheduled to testify at a hearing before the California State Assembly Committee o

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23 Apr

Washington Post Columnist Weighs In With 'Who Killed the Bookstore?'

Earlier this month, the owners of Vertigo Books in College Park, Maryland, announced on the store blog that the indie bookstore would be closing. Many people read Vertigo's "Goodbye" post, including Washington Post columnist Marc Fisher, whose piece about the closure considered the event from the perspective of a reader, book buyer, and community resident -- and included an online readers' poll about customers and indie bookstores.

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16 Apr

Booksellers to Testify at Minnesota Senate Hearing on Internet Sales Tax

On Monday, April 20, Sue Zumberge of Common Good Books in St. Paul, Minnesota, is scheduled to testify in support of Internet Sales Tax legislation at a Minnesota State Senate Taxes Committee hearing.

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09 Apr

Maryland Booksellers Call on Colleagues to Mobilize for E-Fairness

This week, four booksellers in Maryland strongly encouraged other ABA members in their state to join the fight for e-fairness. Last week, Maryland State Sen. Richard Madaleno (D-District 18) introduced S.B.

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02 Apr

Maryland Latest State to Introduce Internet Sales Tax Provision

Legislators in Maryland are the most recent lawmakers to introduce e-fairness legislation. The state joins California, Connecticut, Hawaii, Minnesota, and Tennessee in considering legislation that would require out-of-state companies that have affiliates in their states to collect and remit tax on sales made to in-state residents over the Internet.

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26 Mar

California Assembly Member Nancy Skinner on Her E-Fairness Legislation

In early February, California Assembly Member Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley) introduced Assembly Bill 178, legislation that would clarify the state's existing sales tax law.

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19 Mar

Tennessee Introduces Internet Sales Tax Provision

Legislators in Tennessee recently introduced e-fairness legislation modeled on New York State's Internet Sales Tax provision. Tennessee joins California, Connecticut, Hawaii, and Minnesota in introducing legislation that would require out-of-state companies that have affiliates in their states to collect and remit tax on sales made to in-state residents over the Internet.

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19 Mar

New York Recoups $46 Million in Online Sales Tax

New York State's Internet Sales Tax provision, which went into effect on June 1, 2008, has recouped $46 million in sales tax revenue from the 30-plus vendors that registered to collect and remit sales tax, according to a spokesperson for the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance. The state expects to collect about $68 million for the fiscal year 2009 - 2010, which begins April 1.

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19 Mar

Florida Booksellers Call on Colleagues to Join E-Fairness Effort

Carla Jimenez of Inkwood Books in Tampa and Mitchell Kaplan of Books & Books in Coral Gables, Miami Beach, and Bal Harbour are strongly encouraging their Florida bookselling colleagues to urge state lawmakers to craft Internet Sales Tax legislation modeled after the bill adopted by New York State in April 2008.

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