Michigan’s Main Street Retailers to Compete on Level Playing Field

    Starting October 1, Amazon and other online retailers with nexus in Michigan are required to collect and remit the state’s six percent sales tax.

    D.C. Indies to Mayor: Require Retailers Like Amazon to Collect Sales Tax

    Independent bookstores in the nation’s capital are urging Mayor Muriel Bowser to level the playing field for Main Street retailers by requiring remote sellers such as Amazon to collect and remit sales tax.

    Indie Coalition Hails New Rule Requiring Disclosure of Tax Breaks for Economic Development

    Advocates for Independent Business, a coalition of trade associations and other organizations representing locally owned, independent businesses, is cheering a new accounting rule requiring local and state governments to annually disclose the amount of tax breaks they give to corporations in the name of economic development.

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    Texas-Amazon sales tax deal beneficial to state; Bodleian Library Publishing launches children’s imprint; Macmillan’s Sargent promoted at Holtzbrinck; Vatican official translates Diary of a Wimpy Kid into Latin; Columbia University Press to cease distribution of Dalkey Archive; Bookmasters signs distribution deals with Paragon House, Flame Tree Publishing

    Louisiana Governor Vetoes E-Fairness Bill

    On June 19, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal vetoed a bill that would have leveled the playing field for the state’s Main Street retailers. H.B. 555 required remote retailers with a broad network of affiliates in the state to collect and remit sales tax in the state.

    Main Street Alliance to Host Conference Call on E-Fairness Legislation

    On Monday, June 29, at 6:30 p.m. ET, the Alliance for Main Street Fairness, a coalition of small business owners, local retailers, and Main Street supporters, will be hosting a conference call to discuss the Remote Transaction Parity Act.

    Updated E-Fairness Map: Visual Evidence of Growth of Sales Tax Fairness

    ABA’s updated E-Fairness Map provides visual proof that more states than not are taking strides to level the playing field for Main Street retailers.

    Bipartisan E-Fairness Bill Introduced in U.S. House

    On Monday, June 15, Reps. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) and Steve Womack (R-AR) joined with a bipartisan group of legislators to introduce the Remote Transactions Parity Act, a bill that gives states the authority to require remote sellers doing $10 million or more in gross annual receipts to collect and remit sales tax to the states.

    Senators Call for E-Fairness to Be Added to the Permanent Internet Tax Freedom Act

    On June 8, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Permanent Internet Tax Freedom Act, a bill that would both permanently prohibit states from taxing access to the Internet and prohibit taxes on bandwidth and e-mail, according to media reports. 

    BTW News Briefs

    2015 Children’s Choices List released; PEN calls for 2016 literary awards submissions; Nebraska votes to reduce property taxes when federal e-fairness passes; 27th Annual Lambda Literary Award winners announced; Midwest Booksellers Choice Awards finalists announced; Zazzle and Candlewick Press launch online shop

    Amazon Now Collecting Sales Tax in Ohio

    Amazon began collecting sales tax on purchases made by Ohio residents on Monday, June 1; however, the decision to collect is part of deal to build data centers in the state that includes millions in tax subsidies, as well as land and tax deals.

    E-Fairness Addressed at Regulatory Reform Hearing

    Though marketplace fairness legislation was not on Tuesday’s formal agenda for the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Regulatory Reform, Commercial, and Antitrust Law, members of Congress and key witnesses made clear that it remains the top issue for Congress to address on state taxation issues.

    ILSR: Local Officials Must Say No to Amazon Tax Breaks

    In this commentary from the op-ed page of the Minneapolis Star Tribune, the Institute for Local Self-Reliance explains why the news that Amazon wants to expand its footprint in Minnesota — but only if it wins significant public subsidies — should put taxpayers and public officials on high alert.

    E-Fairness Bills in Louisiana Unanimously Clear Ways & Means Committee

    On Tuesday, the Louisiana House Ways & Means Committee held a hearing on affiliate nexus bills that would require remote retailers to collect and remit sales tax in the state. Testifying in support of the bills was ABA member Tom Lowenburg of Octavia Books.

    Ohio Booksellers Urged to Call on Governor to Support E-Fairness

    ABA is urging booksellers to follow up a letter sent by B&N CEO Michael P. Huseby and ABA CEO Oren Teicher to Ohio Gov. John Kasich with their own letters calling for an e-fairness solution in the state.

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