Sales Tax Initiative

    Bulk of U.S. Population Resides in States With Level Playing Field

    ABA’s recently updated E-Fairness Map provides visual proof that a majority of states are taking strides to level the playing field for Main Street retailers.

    Sales Tax Roundup: Amazon to Begin Collecting Sales Tax in Three More States

    On January 1, Amazon began collecting and remitting sales tax on in-state purchases in Iowa, Louisiana, and Nebraska.

    New York Times Op-Ed Contributor: Time Has Come for Honest Conversation About Digital Monopolies

    New York Times op-ed contributor Jonathan Taplin calls into question the market dominance of Facebook, Google, Apple, and Amazon, especially in comparison to the proposed AT&T–Time Warner merger.

    Advocates for Independent Business Holds First Summit in D.C.

    How to ensure that the voice of indie businesses is heard on both the national and local levels was the focus at the first Advocates for Independent Business Summit, held last week in Washington, D.C.

    New Report Provides Analysis on Amazon’s Negative Impact

    A new report from the Institute for Local Self-Reliance provides a comprehensive analysis of the negative impact of Amazon’s expansion and growing power — and what can be done to address its dominance.

    Sales Tax Update: Wyoming and Ohio

    Wyoming and Ohio took steps in November to impose a tax on out-of-state businesses that lack a physical presence in the state.

    Updated Study Drives Home Amazon’s Negative Impact on Economy

    On September 28, ABA and Civic Economics released a full update of their “Amazon and Empty Storefronts” study. The new data, from 2015, shows that Amazon’s negative impact on Main Streets is growing significantly worse.

    Amazon to Collect Sales Tax on D.C. Purchases

    Amazon will begin collecting and remitting sales tax in Washington, D.C., in October. The decision appears to be related to Amazon’s desire to open a storefront location in the District.

    BTW News Briefs

    B&N announces CEO’s departure; Amazon to start collecting sales tax in Alabama; PEN/Nabokov Award revived to honor international writers; Christian Robinson to illustrate 2017 Children’s Book Week poster; Sesame Street and Running Press team up

    Tennessee Looks to Adopt New Nexus Rule for Remote Sales

    Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam is urging the state’s Department of Revenue to adopt a rule that would let the state collect sales tax from online companies that sell more than $500,000 annually in the state.

    Bookseller Feedback Wanted on Antitrust Action Kit

    ABA is seeking feedback from booksellers who have used the Antitrust Action Kit to urge state or federal officials to investigate Amazon for antitrust violations.

    Booksellers Urged to Use Antitrust Action Kit to Contact Lawmakers

    Booksellers who haven’t already adapted the Antitrust Action Kit’s easy-to-use templates to ask lawmakers to investigate Amazon’s business model for antitrust violations are encouraged to do so now.

    South Dakota Sues Remote Retailers Over Sales Tax, Retailers Sue South Dakota

    Two groups are challenging each other over sales tax collection in South Dakota, but their goal is likely the same: To take U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy up on his invitation to legally define nexus in a technological era far different than when the court last considered the issue.

    Guest Column by Sarah Bagby in Wichita Business Journal Decries Amazon Subsidies

    A guest column in the Wichita Business Journal by ABA Board member Sarah Bagby, of Watermark Books & Café, questions the state’s economic policy in providing an out-of-state competitor with subsidies.

    Louisiana Law Levels Playing Field for Main Street Retailers

    Starting April 1, certain remote retailers will be required to collect and remit Louisiana sales tax, as a result of e-fairness legislation passed earlier this month.

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