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25 Jun
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A Deeper Look at the Supreme Court Sales Tax Ruling

Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of a South Dakota law qualifying remote retailers that have $100,000 or more in sales or 200-plus transactions in the state as having a physical presence.

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25 Jun

AGs Join with FTC, Better Business Bureau to Help Small Businesses Combat Fraud

Attorneys General for 12 states have joined with the Federal Trade Commission and the Better Business Bureau in a partnership called “Operation Main Street.” 

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21 Jun
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Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Sales Tax Fairness

In a major victory for sales tax fairness, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of South Dakota in a case that will redefine the legal obligation of online retailers regarding sales tax collection, South Dakota v. Wayfair, Overstock, and Newegg

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19 Jun
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Trump Administration Releases Rules on Association Health Plans

The U.S. Department of Labor has released the final rule that will expand access to association health plans (AHPs). AHPs would allow small businesses to band together through a trade association to purchase health insurance across state lines.

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19 Jun

Senate Passes Bill Allowing SBA to Guarantee More Small Business Loans

Earlier this month, the Senate passed a bill that will allow the Small Business Administration (SBA) to raise its cap for 7(a) general business loans by 15 percent.

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18 Jun
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New Study Demonstrates “Local Advantage” of Indie Hardware Retailers Over Amazon

The recent study Home Sweet Home: Locals vs. Amazon demonstrates the significant economic benefit that supporting independent businesses has on local communities.

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13 Jun
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Seattle Repeals “Head Tax” Following Amazon’s Opposition

Seattle’s city council has voted 7-2 to repeal a measure aimed at collecting tax from the city’s largest businesses, including Amazon and Starbucks, in order to raise funds for housing services.

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16 May

Senate Votes to Restore Net Neutrality

The Senate voted on May 16 to pass a Congressional Review Act resolution that would roll back the Federal Communications Commission’s Restoring Internet Freedom Order.

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16 May
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Amazon Balks at Seattle’s “Head Tax” to Help the Homeless

The tax applies to companies that gross at least $20 million per year and will fund affordable housing and homeless services; since its proposal, Amazon — the city’s largest employer — has resisted the measure.

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14 May
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ABFE Free Speech Report

“Every day, attempts to hinder or to outright ban our right to free expression continue at an alarming pace in this country and around the globe. And in many ways, it is a death by a thousand paper cuts,” writes ABFE Director David Grogan.

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25 Apr

“Prime Numbers” Spurs Booksellers to Urge Lawmakers to Level Playing Field

Booksellers are reaching out to lawmakers in response to a recent report that illuminated the repercussions of Amazon’s failure to collect and remit sales tax on its third-party marketplace sales.

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24 Apr
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Introducing Maria Peroni, ABA Advocacy and Public Policy Coordinator

“I believe working in the interests of independent booksellers is inherently working in the interest of free expression,” said Peroni, who joined the ABFE, advocacy, and public policy team this month.

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18 Apr
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Supreme Court Hears Oral Arguments in Sales Tax Fairness Case

South Dakota v. Wayfair, Overstock, and Newegg addresses online retailers’ obligation to collect and remit sales tax and what constitutes a business’ physical presence in a state.

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16 Apr

Booksellers Urged to Get Word Out About Prime Numbers

ABA and Civic Economics have made available a variety of resources to support booksellers’ efforts to promote discussion and take action to ensure that Amazon competes with their stores on a level playing field.

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16 Apr

Free Expression Groups Express Concern Over FOSTA

The “Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act” (FOSTA) authorizes prosecutors to target websites that host sex trafficking advertisements and creates new civil liability for the sites.

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