Sales Tax Initiative

21 Nov

BusinessWeek Op-Ed Urges Sales Tax Fairness

In a November 22 BusinessWeek op-ed, the co-chairs of Advocates for Independent Business, ASTRA’s  Kathleen McHugh and ABA’s Oren Teicher, urge the U.S. House of Representatives to consider the issue of sales tax fairness and “act swiftly to tackle it.”

 
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21 Nov

Fact Sheet Examines How USPS Differs From a Traditional Private Enterprise

In response to the news that Amazon has struck an exclusive deal with the USPS, ABA has published a fact sheet for members that provides important details pertaining to how the postal service differs from a traditional private enterprise.

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21 Nov

SBA Report Analyzes Sales Tax Fairness Issue

Uneven sales tax collection has helped online retailers at the expense of Main Street retailers, according to the study “An Analysis of Internet Sales Taxation and the Small-Seller Exemption,” released this week by the Small Business Administration.

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07 Nov

BTW News Briefs

SIBA video highlights print books and indies; California tax on out-of-state retailers brings in $260M; Chandler Arnold appointed COO of First Book; Ingram Publisher Services welcomes seven new clients

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06 Nov

Show Your Support With Sales Tax Fairness Window Clings

In the September Red Box, ABA members received a sales tax fairness window cling that can be easily displayed on a storefront window or any glass surface.

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29 Oct

Amazon to Begin Collecting Sales Tax in Maryland and Massachusetts

As the U.S. House of Representatives continues to consider the issue of sales tax fairness, the list of states in which Amazon is collecting, or will collect, sales tax is growing.

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24 Oct

Illinois Court Rules Affiliate Nexus Law Violates Internet Tax Freedom Act

The Supreme Court of the State of Illinois has affirmed a lower court’s ruling that the state’s affiliate nexus law is invalid. The Performance Marketing Association, whose members include Amazon.com, challenged the state law in 2011, contending it unfairly targeted affiliates and arbitrarily broadened the definition of nexus.

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17 Oct

Amazon to Open Facilities, Collect Tax in Wisconsin and Florida

After recently announcing it would collect sales tax in West Virginia, where it has a customer service center, Amazon will be opening distribution centers — and collecting sales tax — in Wisconsin and Florida.

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09 Oct

Poll Finds Two-Thirds of Consumers in Favor of Online Sales Tax Collection at Point of Purchase

The International Council of Shopping Centers has released the results of a national poll that shows most Americans would prefer to pay sales or use tax on online purchases at the time of purchase, as opposed to filing it on their taxes.

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03 Oct

Amazon Fires Maine Affiliates, Begins Collecting in West Virginia

Last Thursday, Amazon affiliates in Maine began receiving notices informing them of the termination of their affiliate relationships as of October 6.

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26 Sep

BTW News Briefs

ABFFE and Pen American Center host Paradise Banned; Writers receive MacArthur fellowships; PayPal offers small business loans; Georgetown’s Harborwalk Books destroyed by fire; Anti-tax groups support Amazon’s appeal to Supreme Court 

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19 Sep

Judiciary Committee Takes Up Sales Tax Fairness

Four months after the Senate overwhelmingly passed the Marketplace Fairness Act, the U.S. House of Representatives is addressing the issue of sales tax fairness. On September 18, the House Judiciary Committee released its seven “basic principles” for sales tax fairness legislation.

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12 Sep

Amazon No Longer Asking CT Town for Tax Subsidy

In a surprising move, Amazon.com has reportedly withdrawn its request for a tax abatement and reduced building permit fees from Windsor, Connecticut, which it had asked for in exchange for opening a 1.5 million-square-foot distribution facility in the town.

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05 Sep

BTW News Briefs

National Book Foundation to honor E.L. Doctorow, Maya Angelou; Judy Blume to receive NAIBA’s Legacy and Carla Cohen Free Speech awards; Hugo Award winners announced; Amazon begins collecting sales tax in Georgia and Virginia

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03 Sep

ABA Responds to Amazon Supreme Court Filing

ABA CEO Oren Teicher has written an open letter to Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos that highlights the discrepancy between the company’s professed support for e-fairness and its ongoing business practices.

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