BTW Articles

17 May

Michigan Governor Supports Sales Tax Fairness

In a letter to the U.S. Senate dated May 9, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder publicly announced his support for the Marketplace Fairness Act (S. 1832).

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12 Sep

SBA Web Tool Helps Small Businesses Conduct Market Research

The SBA has launched SizeUp, a free tool that helps businesses both identify new customers and compare their performance against like-businesses using data collected from hundreds of private and public sources.

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14 Nov

Massachusetts Study Finds Online Loophole Costs Jobs, Sales, and Revenue

A study released this week by the Massachusetts Main Street Fairness Coalition shows that sales tax inequity has cost Massachusetts 1,970 new jobs, $279 million in sales to local businesses, and $387 million in state tax revenue.

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30 May

Booksellers Asked to Contact Lawmakers in Support of E-Fairness

ABA is encouraging its members to reach out to their state governors and federal lawmakers in support of sales tax fairness legislation currently under consideration in the U.S. House and Senate.

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13 Sep

Publishers Work on E-Book Agreements Under DOJ Settlement

With last week’s federal court order entering as final judgment the Department of Justice’s e-book pricing settlement with Hachette, HarperCollins, and Simon & Schuster, the three publishers are working on agreements to replace the agency model for e-books.

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19 Nov

Small Business Majority, ABA Co-Sponsor Webinar on Tax Policy & Small Businesses

The Small Business Majority, the American Booksellers Association, and other organizations and companies are co-sponsoring a free webinar, “The Fiscal Cliff: What it Means for Your Bottom Line.

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31 May

Associations Urge Governors to Support Federal Sales Tax Fairness Legislation

This week, a coalition of 17 trade associations representing independent businesses, including ABA, urged the governors of the 45 states that collect sales tax to support federal sales tax fairness bills under consideration in the House and  Senate.

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13 Sep

Amazon to Begin Collecting California Sales Tax September 15

Beginning this Saturday, California consumers who shop at Amazon.com will notice a big change when they go to the checkout page to pay for their orders: the online retailer will be collecting sales tax on their orders.

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31 May

Amazon to Collect NJ Sales Tax Starting July 2013

On May 30, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie announced that that the state had come to an agreement with Amazon.com that will have the retailer begin collecting and remitting state sales tax in exchange for opening two new warehouses in New Jersey.

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20 Sep

Judge Issues Preliminary Approval of States’ $69 Million E-Book Settlement

This week, U.S. District Judge Denise Cote issued an order preliminarily approving the e-book pricing settlements between 49 states and Hachette, HarperCollins, and Simon & Schuster.

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