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03 May

Nevada Extends Amazon’s Sales Tax Advantage

Last week, Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval (R) announced the state had worked out a deal with Amazon.com that would continue the online retailer’s sales tax advantage over Main Street businesses for another two years.

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25 Jul

House Judiciary Hears Testimony on Marketplace Equity Act

On Tuesday, July 24, the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on the Judiciary held a full committee hearing on the Marketplace Equity Act (H.R. 3179), which seeks to level the playing field in regard to the equitable collection of sales tax for online purchases.

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25 Oct

Revised Swipe Fee Deal Submitted for Preliminary Approval

On Friday, October 19, the nine remaining class plaintiffs submitted a revised proposed $7.25 billion settlement of a federal antitrust lawsuit over skyrocketing Visa and MasterCard credit card swipe fees to the court for preliminary approval.

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03 May

A Texas-Size Win for Main Street

The state of Texas has struck a deal with Amazon.com that will require the online retailer to begin collecting and remitting sales tax to the state for purchases by Texas residents beginning July 1, 2012. 

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02 Aug

ABA VP Steve Bercu Testifies in Support of Sales Tax Fairness at Senate Hearing

On Wednesday, August 1, Steve Bercu, CEO and co-owner of BookPeople, in Austin, Texas, and ABA vice president, was one of four panelists to testify at a Senate Commerce Committee hearing on the Marketplace Fairness Act (S. 1832).

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07 Nov

Amazon to Begin Sales Tax Collection in Arizona in February

On October 26, in its SEC quarterly filing, Amazon.com announced that, as part of a settlement with the state of Arizona, on February 1, 2013, the company would begin collecting and remitting transaction privilege tax (TPT, Arizona’s sales tax) to Arizona on in-state purchases.

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09 May

SBA Offers Small Business Week Education Program

In celebration of Small Business Week, from May 20 - 22 the Small Business Administration will be offering educational programming on social media, federal contracting, selling to large companies, and business matchmaking with major corporations and government agencies.

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22 Aug

Amazon to Start Collecting Sales Tax in California and Pennsylvania

The push for sales tax fairness in California and Pennsylvania, which came to a head in 2011, will bear fruit next month.

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08 Nov

Retail Groups Submit Brief Opposing Swipe Fee Settlement

On November 1, 20 retailers and trade groups, including the American Booksellers Association, the National Association of College Stores, and the National Retail Federation, asked a judge to reject a proposed class-action settlement of a federal antitrust lawsuit over skyrocketing Visa and MasterCard credit card swipe fees.

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10 May

Swipe Fees Decline Significantly

Almost two years after the Durbin “swipe fee” amendment was signed into law as part of the sweeping Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, the Federal Reserve reported that the average interchange fee has nearly been halved.

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