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+Gross sales of all bookstore company sales: in-store and online book sales, non-book sales, Bookshop sales, event sales, school sales, etc. for the previous calendar year. This number does not include coffee shop, cafe, or bar revenue.
*New store or not an ABA member during the previous two years; REG storefronts only
**Used books equal 75% or more of book inventory (REG benefits excluding voting, Monthly Boxes, and ABACUS)
For membership year from February 1 through January 31
NOTE ABOUT TAX DEDUCTIBILITY OF MEMBER DUES
Dues paid to ABA are not tax deductible as charitable contributions for income tax purposes. However, ABA membership dues may be tax deductible as ordinary and necessary business expenses, but the deductibility is subject to restrictions imposed as a result of association lobbying activities. Through the activities of ABA advocacy staff, as well as through ABA’s financial support of certain organizations such as Media Coalition, ABA engages in lobbying activities annually. In years past, ABA has notified members that some small sliver of dues has not been tax-deductible as a result of our lobbying activities, and from time to time, we must change this level of deductibility. For the 2020 tax year, ABA estimates that the non-deductible portion of dues — i.e. the portion allocable to lobbying — will be 5%.
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Independent bookstores act as community anchors; they serve a unique role in promoting the open exchange of ideas, enriching the cultural life of communities, and creating economically vibrant neighborhoods.
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