Sales Tax Initiative

As Senate Debates Marketplace Fairness, Editorials Urge Passage

As the Senate moves closer to a vote on the Marketplace Fairness Act of 2013 (S.743/S.336), numerous editorials and newspaper columns published this week expressed support for the bill’s passage.

Coalition Responds to Misinformation on Sales Tax Fairness

On April 21, the Marketplace Fairness Coalition, a diverse array of trade associations and businesses, including the American Booksellers Association, wrote to members of the U.S. Senate to dispute erroneous assertions made by  eBay President and CEO John Donahoe about the Marketplace Fairness Act (S.736).

White House Endorses Sales Tax Fairness

On Monday, April 22, the White House endorsed the Marketplace Fairness Act of 2013 (S.743). Later that day, the Senate voted overwhelmingly to move the bill to the Senate floor for debate.

Fly-In Participants Advocate for Sales Tax Fairness

Last week, hundreds of small business owners met with elected officials in Washington, D.C., to communicate firsthand the need to pass the Marketplace Fairness Act. Participants in the two-day fly-in included Sarah Pishko of Prince Books and ABA Board member Sarah Bagby of Watermark Books & Café.

Senate May Vote on Sales Tax Fairness Bill as Soon as Next Week

The U.S. Senate may vote on the Marketplace Fairness Act of 2013 as early as next week. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid plans to bring the bill directly to the floor for a vote without first referring it to the Senate Finance Committee, according to published reports.

Sales Tax Efforts Heat Up in Florida, Ohio, and West Virginia

As the Marketplace Fairness Act of 2013 continues to gain momentum in the U.S. Congress, three more states are considering enactment of sales tax fairness legislation that would level the playing field for Main Street retailers.

ABA Members Go to Washington

Two indie booksellers were among an array of small business owners who traveled to Washington, D.C., on Thursday, April 11, to meet with members of Congress to press for passage of the Marketplace Fairness Act.

Booksellers Urged to Keep Pressure On for Sales Tax Fairness

The campaign for sales tax fairness gained tremendous momentum with two major victories in the last few weeks, but now, more than ever, it’s crucial to keep the pressure on federal legislators.

Victory: New York Appeals Court Affirms State’s Sales Tax Fairness Law

On Thursday, March 28, the New York State Court of Appeals ruled 4-1 in favor of the state’s sales tax fairness law, dismissing arguments made by and that the law was unconstitutional.

BTW News Briefs

New York Times editorial favors sales tax fairness; free bookseller subscription to ForeWord Reviews; European Union to approve Penguin, Random House merger; France budgets for bookstore assistance

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