BTW Articles

04 Sep

Barnes & Noble and ABA Urge Congress to Act Now on E-Fairness

Barnes & Noble has joined the American Booksellers Association in supporting sales tax fairness by urging Congress not to delay in passing e-fairness legislation in the closing weeks of this legislative session.

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06 Aug

ABA President Steve Bercu Makes Case for E-Fairness at NRF Retail Advocates Summit

On July 29 and 30, retailers from across the country, including ABA President Steve Bercu, gathered in Washington, D.C., to participate in the National Retail Federation’s Retail Advocates Summit to advocate on a number of key policy issues. 

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30 Jul

Two Courts, Two Rulings: But Health Care Subsidies Will Continue for Now

On Tuesday, July 22, two legal challenges to provisions for health care subsidies in the Affordable Care Act resulted in contradictory rulings from federal appeals courts.

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30 Jul

Sen. Leahy Introduces Bill to Rein in NSA Surveillance Powers

Sen. Patrick Leahy has introduced legislation that is a much stronger version of the U.S.A. Freedom Act, passed by the U.S. House of Representatives in May.

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17 Jul

Small Businesses Cheer Introduction of Marketplace and Internet Tax Fairness Act

On Thursday, July 17, in a letter sent to every member of the U.S. Senate, Advocates for Independent Business urged congressional support for the Marketplace and Internet Tax Fairness Act, which was introduced in the Senate on Tuesday, July 15.

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10 Jul

Supreme Court to Consider Colorado’s Sales Tax Reporting Law

The U.S. Supreme Court will hear a challenge brought by the Direct Marketing Association regarding the constitutionality of a 2010 Colorado law requiring out-of-state retailers to either collect and remit sales tax for purchases made by Colorado residents or to inform their Colorado customers that they owe use tax on the purchases they have made.

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18 Jun

Retail Groups Ask Court to Overturn Credit Card Swipe Fee Settlement

On Monday, June 16, the National Retail Federation and the Retail Industry Leaders Association urged an appeals court to overturn a federal judge’s approval of a controversial lawsuit settlement over Visa and MasterCard’s credit card swipe fees.

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19 Jun

Judiciary Rushes Through Ban on Taxing Internet Access

On Wednesday, the U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee approved the Permanent Internet Tax Freedom Act, which places a ban on state and local taxation of Internet access. The Marketplace Fairness Coalition urged the committee to treat e-fairness with the same sense of urgency.

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05 Jun

IRS: Employer Cannot Reimburse Employees Pre-Tax to Buy Through Exchanges

The IRS has issued a notice stressing that employers that reimburse their employees pre-tax for premiums under a Health Reimbursement Account to pay for insurance in a health exchange could be subject to a fine of $100 per day per employee.

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30 May

ABA Membership Meeting and Town Hall: Indie Resurgence Gains Steam, Challenges Remain

Among the good news presented at the ABA Annual Membership Meeting is that for the fifth year in a row association membership has grown and for the first time since 2005 member bookstores are operating in more than 2,000 locations. In addition, a number of established stores are expanding and opening in new locations, and a whole new generation of younger booksellers is continuing to join the ranks.

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