BTW Articles

27 Jun

Amazon and Subsidiaries to Begin Collecting Texas Sales Tax

On Sunday, July 1, under the parameters of a deal struck with the Texas comptroller’s office, will begin collecting and remitting sales tax to Texas for purchases made by state residents from Amazon and its many subsidiaries.

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27 Sep

Massachusetts Mayors Urge Governor to Require Amazon to Collect Sales Tax

A coalition of eight Massachusetts mayors have written to Gov. Deval Patrick to urge him to require that collect and remit sales tax for purchases made by Massachusetts residents prior to the holiday shopping season.

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28 Jun

Supreme Court Upholds Affordable Care Act

In a ruling that surprised many experts, the Supreme Court has upheld the Affordable Care Act. The Small Business Majority hailed the decision, stating that it is a victory for small business owners “who have struggled with the excessively high cost of health insurance for decades.”

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03 Oct

BISG Annual Meeting: Change Is Constant

The rapidly changing book industry —  and how publishers and retailers are currently handling, and will in the future handle, change — from digital data advances to e-books was the main focus of the Book Industry Study Group’s annual meeting, held in New York City on Friday, September 28.

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02 Jul

Business Groups React to Health Care Ruling

The reaction of the business community to the Supreme Court’s June 28 ruling upholding the Affordable Care Act was a mixed bag of pro and con.

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11 Oct

ABA Opposes Proposed Swipe Fee Settlement

ABA announced this week that it is joining the National Association of College Stores, the National Retail Federation, the Retail Industry Leaders Association, and other trade groups in opposing the proposed $7.25 billion settlement of a federal antitrust lawsuit over skyrocketing Visa and MasterCard credit card swipe fees, which was announced in July.

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18 Apr

ABA to Massachusetts: Amazon Should Collect Sales Tax

ABA CEO Oren Teicher urged the Massachusetts Department of Revenue to require to collect and remit sales tax on orders made by Massachusetts residents. Teicher’s letter was prompted by news that is opening an office in Cambridge. 

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02 Jul

Editorials Call for Sales Tax Fairness

As the July 1 deadline for Amazon to begin collecting sales tax in Texas approached, a number of newspapers across the country published editorials declaring that the time had come for sales tax fairness.

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17 Oct

E-Book Customers Directed to Settlement Website to File Claims

Under the terms of e-book pricing settlements between 49 states and Hachette, HarperCollins, and Simon & Schuster preliminarily approved by a federal court in September, consumers are being informed of their right to claim a portion of the $69 million in settlements.

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25 Apr

ABA Submits Testimony to Senate Finance Committee

This week, ABA submitted written testimony to the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance in support of the Marketplace Fairness Act (S. 1832), legislation that would give states the right to require remote retailers to collect and remit sales tax in the state, if they choose to do so.

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