Sales Tax Initiative

04 Jun

Amazon Now Collecting Sales Tax in Ohio

Amazon began collecting sales tax on purchases made by Ohio residents on Monday, June 1; however, the decision to collect is part of deal to build data centers in the state that includes millions in tax subsidies, as well as land and tax deals.

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03 Jun

E-Fairness Addressed at Regulatory Reform Hearing

Though marketplace fairness legislation was not on Tuesday’s formal agenda for the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Regulatory Reform, Commercial, and Antitrust Law, members of Congress and key witnesses made clear that it remains the top issue for Congress to address on state taxation issues.

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04 May

ILSR: Local Officials Must Say No to Amazon Tax Breaks

In this commentary from the op-ed page of the Minneapolis Star Tribune, the Institute for Local Self-Reliance explains why the news that Amazon wants to expand its footprint in Minnesota — but only if it wins significant public subsidies — should put taxpayers and public officials on high alert.

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30 Apr

E-Fairness Bills in Louisiana Unanimously Clear Ways & Means Committee

On Tuesday, the Louisiana House Ways & Means Committee held a hearing on affiliate nexus bills that would require remote retailers to collect and remit sales tax in the state. Testifying in support of the bills was ABA member Tom Lowenburg of Octavia Books.

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29 Apr

Ohio Booksellers Urged to Call on Governor to Support E-Fairness

ABA is urging booksellers to follow up a letter sent by B&N CEO Michael P. Huseby and ABA CEO Oren Teicher to Ohio Gov. John Kasich with their own letters calling for an e-fairness solution in the state.

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16 Apr

BTW News Briefs

CBC and WNDB partner on internship program; GLIBA, MIBA bestseller lists debut; Shortlists announced for 2015 PEN Literary Awards; SIBA Book Award finalists announced; ALA releases list of most frequently challenged books of 2014; S&S’s Wendy Sheanin promoted; New Zealand booksellers and retailers launch eFairness campaign

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16 Apr

Barnes & Noble and ABA Join Again on Sales Tax Fairness

This week, ABA CEO Oren Teicher and B&N CEO Michael P. Huseby sent a letter to Ohio Gov. John Kasich calling for a state sales tax fairness solution.

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09 Apr

State Takes Up Justice Kennedy’s Challenge to Rewrite Nexus

With the outlook on federal sales tax fairness unclear, a Washington State lawmaker has introduced legislation that he believes could lead the U.S. Supreme Court to re-evaluate nexus in states.

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12 Mar

Marketplace Fairness Act Reintroduced in Senate

On Tuesday, a group of U.S. senators reintroduced the Marketplace Fairness Act, a bill that would level the playing field for Main Street retailers.

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12 Mar

EU Court: E-Books Cannot Be Taxed the Same as Paper Books

On March 5, the European Union’s top court ruled that EU countries must charge the full value-added tax on e-books. The court found that e-books are not subject to the same tax reductions as physical books, as they are considered a service.

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05 Mar

Supreme Court Justice Opens Door for E-Fairness

A U.S. Supreme Court ruling that sent a challenge to a Colorado use tax law back to federal court has sparked hope among proponents of e-fairness.

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18 Feb

2015 Survey Finds Strong Sales Growth for Independent Businesses Buoyed by Public Support

Independent businesses experienced strong sales growth in 2014 as more consumers embraced the “buy local” movement and ditched big companies in favor of supporting local retailers and small-scale producers, according to the 2015 Independent Business Survey, conducted by the Institute for Local Self-Reliance in partnership with Advocates for Independent Business.

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29 Jan

Amazon to Collect Sales Tax in Illinois Starting February 1

Amazon will begin collecting and remitting sales tax in Illinois beginning February 1 as part of a deal the online retailer struck with state officials in October 2014.

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22 Jan

House Judiciary Chair Circulates Radically Different Sales Tax Bill

U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Chair Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) has circulated draft sales tax fairness legislation that would ask most states to radically change their sales tax systems, according to media reports.

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21 Jan

Michigan Governor Signs E-Fairness Into Law

On Thursday, January 15, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder signed the recently passed Main Street Fairness legislation into law, thereby leveling the playing field for the state’s Main Street retailers.

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