Sales Tax Initiative

08 May

California Senate Passes Bill Clarifying Online Sales Tax Law

On May 8, by a 23 to 15 vote, the California State Senate passed Senate Bill 103, which would clarify existing California sales tax laws and require retailers with bricks-and-mortar stores or warehouses in California to charge sales tax for purchases made online by California residents. The bill, S.B. 103, was introduced by Senator Deirdre Alpert (D-San Diego) in late January. The bill now goes to the State Assembly.

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08 May

California Tax Commission to Audit Barnesandnoble.com

At its April 23 meeting, California's State Board of Equalization (BOE) voted 3-2 to conduct a full-scale audit of Barnesandnoble.com to determine if the online retailer has nexus in the state of California. The vote came after the Board reaffirmed its September 12, 2002 decision that Barnesandnoble.com was obligated to pay California back use taxes for a period of four months -- from November 15, 1999 to March 31, 2000 -- because Barnes & Noble stores were offering coupons discounting purchases made at Barnesandnoble.com.

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09 Apr

California's Tax Committee Approves Online Sales Tax Bill

On March 26, California's Senate Revenue and Taxation Committee approved a bill that would clarify existing California sales tax laws and force retailers with bricks-and-mortar stores or warehouses in California to charge sales tax for purchases made online by California residents. The bill, S.B. 103, was introduced by Senator Deirdre Alpert (D-Coronado) in late January.

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04 Mar

Kepler: Book Chains Get Free Ride Online

Independent booksellers, including Kepler's, protest state's tax system

By David Boyce
Almanac Staff Writer

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07 Feb

ABA Applauds National Retailers' Decision to Collect Online Sales Taxes

ABA President Ann Christophersen today called upon Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble, and Borders to follow the lead of national retailers that recently have begun to collect sales tax on their online sales. The news of the retailers' decision comes just days after more than 560 independent booksellers nationwide joined as co-signers on letters to their state governors calling for the states to enforce state tax laws fairly and uniformly.

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06 Feb

Over 560 Independent Booksellers Join in Calling for States to Enforce Sales Taxes Fairly

This week over 560 independent booksellers nationwide joined ABA President Ann Christophersen in signing letters urging their state governors and other elected officials to immediately take steps to enforce state tax laws fairly and uniformly. Specifically, the letters call for states to require retailers with a physical presence in their respective states to collect sales taxes on online sales. (To read the full text of the letter, click here.)

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29 Jan

Last Call to Include Your Voice in Important Sales Tax Fairness Letter

This is the last opportunity for booksellers to add their names to an important ABA letter calling for sales tax fairness. The letter will soon be sent to the U.S. governors in the 45 states that collect sales tax and will call on them to enforce existing tax regulations by making sure that retailers with a physical presence in their states collect sales tax on online sales.

While hundreds of booksellers have signed on to the letter, ABA is hoping that even more booksellers will join their colleagues before the letter is mailed.

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23 Jan

Still Time to Make Your Voice Heard for Fairness in Sales Tax Collection

There is still time for booksellers to add their names to an ABA letter calling on U.S. governors in the 45 states that collect sales tax to enforce existing tax regulations by making sure that retailers with a physical presence in their states collect sales tax on online sales. Hundreds of booksellers have already added their names to the letter, but ABA is looking to include the signatures of as many ABA member stores in these states as possible.

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14 Jan

Hundreds of Booksellers Speak Out on Tax Fairness -- Still Time to Sign On to Letter to Governors

Hundreds of booksellers nationwide have signed on to an ABA letter calling on U.S. governors in the 45 states that collect sales tax to enforce existing tax regulations by making sure that retailers with a physical presence in their states collect sales tax on online sales. Close to 300 booksellers have already responded to an e-mail last week from ABA COO Oren Teicher about the communications effort.

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07 Jan

Attention Booksellers: Your Opportunity to Help Ensure Sales Tax Fairness

This week many booksellers nationwide received an e-mail from ABA COO Oren Teicher regarding the American Booksellers Association's efforts to achieve greater equity regarding the collection of sales tax on online sales. The e-mail noted the letter that ABA recently sent to the U.S. governors in the 45 states that collect sales tax. In that letter, ABA again called on states to fully enforce existing regulations by ensuring that retailers with a physical presence in their state collect sales tax on online sales.

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02 Jan

Facing Rising Deficits, States Consider Enforcing Sales Tax Regs

The troubling effects of falling tax revenues continue to multiply for elected officials facing rapidly growing deficits. Forty-one states collected less revenue in fiscal 2002 than they had planned for in their budgets. Nationwide, sales tax collections were 3.2 percent lower than originally budgeted, personal income tax collections missed states' targets by 12.8 percent, and corporate income taxes were 21.5 percent lower than projected.

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19 Dec

ABA Again Calls for Governors to Enforce Sales Tax Regs

The American Booksellers Association has once again called on the U.S. governors in the 45 states that collect sales tax to fully enforce existing regulations by ensuring that retailers with a physical presence in their state collect sales tax on online sales.

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13 Nov

States Approve Sales Tax Simplification -- A Significant Step Toward E-Fairness

Representatives from 31 states and the District of Columbia approved, on November 12, a proposal to simplify and to modernize sales and use tax administration. The states are part of the Streamlined Sales Tax Project (SSTP), a national initiative seeking to improve sales and use tax collection, especially for online commerce. The plan incorporates uniform definitions within states' and local governments' tax bases, simplified audit and administrative procedures, and improved software to help reduce the burden of tax collection.

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24 Sep

Holiday Coupons Offer Barnes & Noble No Discount on Sales Tax

On Thursday, September 12, the California Board of Equalization (BOE) issued a Memorandum Opinion stating that Barnesandnoble.com was obligated to pay California back use taxes for a period of four-plus months -- from November 15, 1999, to March 31, 2000. BOE ruled that, because the bricks-and-mortar Barnes & Noble stores were offering customers coupons that discounted purchases made at its online store, Barnesandnoble.com had established a physical presence, or nexus, in the state of California.

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