Sales Tax Initiative

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    Print books still preferred by readers; Court rejects booksellers’ DRM suit against Amazon, publishers; Oprah’s Book Club 2.0 selects The Invention of Wings; Amazon to collect sales tax in Tennessee and Nevada; Charles Taylor Prize renamed, award added; Changes in Ingram Publisher Services’ leadership

    Supreme Court Decision Spurs Calls for Sales Tax Fairness

    In the wake of the Supreme Court’s decision to not hear a legal challenge brought by Amazon and Overstock regarding New York State’s affiliate nexus law, editorials in newspapers across the country have urged states and/or the U.S. Congress to turn sales tax fairness from an idea into a reality.

    Victory for Sales Tax Fairness: Supreme Court Rejects Affiliate Nexus Case

    On Monday, December 2, in a resounding victory for sales tax fairness proponents, the U.S. Supreme Court said it would not hear a legal challenge to New York State’s affiliate nexus law, which was brought by and

    BusinessWeek Op-Ed Urges Sales Tax Fairness

    In a November 22 BusinessWeek op-ed, the co-chairs of Advocates for Independent Business, ASTRA’s  Kathleen McHugh and ABA’s Oren Teicher, urge the U.S. House of Representatives to consider the issue of sales tax fairness and “act swiftly to tackle it.”


    Fact Sheet Examines How USPS Differs From a Traditional Private Enterprise

    In response to the news that Amazon has struck an exclusive deal with the USPS, ABA has published a fact sheet for members that provides important details pertaining to how the postal service differs from a traditional private enterprise.

    SBA Report Analyzes Sales Tax Fairness Issue

    Uneven sales tax collection has helped online retailers at the expense of Main Street retailers, according to the study “An Analysis of Internet Sales Taxation and the Small-Seller Exemption,” released this week by the Small Business Administration.

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    SIBA video highlights print books and indies; California tax on out-of-state retailers brings in $260M; Chandler Arnold appointed COO of First Book; Ingram Publisher Services welcomes seven new clients

    Show Your Support With Sales Tax Fairness Window Clings

    In the September Red Box, ABA members received a sales tax fairness window cling that can be easily displayed on a storefront window or any glass surface.

    Amazon to Begin Collecting Sales Tax in Maryland and Massachusetts

    As the U.S. House of Representatives continues to consider the issue of sales tax fairness, the list of states in which Amazon is collecting, or will collect, sales tax is growing.

    Illinois Court Rules Affiliate Nexus Law Violates Internet Tax Freedom Act

    The Supreme Court of the State of Illinois has affirmed a lower court’s ruling that the state’s affiliate nexus law is invalid. The Performance Marketing Association, whose members include, challenged the state law in 2011, contending it unfairly targeted affiliates and arbitrarily broadened the definition of nexus.

    Amazon to Open Facilities, Collect Tax in Wisconsin and Florida

    After recently announcing it would collect sales tax in West Virginia, where it has a customer service center, Amazon will be opening distribution centers — and collecting sales tax — in Wisconsin and Florida.

    Poll Finds Two-Thirds of Consumers in Favor of Online Sales Tax Collection at Point of Purchase

    The International Council of Shopping Centers has released the results of a national poll that shows most Americans would prefer to pay sales or use tax on online purchases at the time of purchase, as opposed to filing it on their taxes.

    Amazon Fires Maine Affiliates, Begins Collecting in West Virginia

    Last Thursday, Amazon affiliates in Maine began receiving notices informing them of the termination of their affiliate relationships as of October 6.

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    ABFFE and Pen American Center host Paradise Banned; Writers receive MacArthur fellowships; PayPal offers small business loans; Georgetown’s Harborwalk Books destroyed by fire; Anti-tax groups support Amazon’s appeal to Supreme Court 

    Judiciary Committee Takes Up Sales Tax Fairness

    Four months after the Senate overwhelmingly passed the Marketplace Fairness Act, the U.S. House of Representatives is addressing the issue of sales tax fairness. On September 18, the House Judiciary Committee released its seven “basic principles” for sales tax fairness legislation.


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