Internet Sales Tax Fairness — Notification — Colorado

Date: 9 Apr 2018 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In February 2010, Colorado passed a law that requires remote retailers that do not collect state sales taxes to: a) notify Colorado customers that they owe the tax on their purchases, b) send an annual report to customers detailing all of their purchases in the preceding year and the amount of sales tax owed, and c) also provide this information annually to the Colorado Department of Revenue. The law applies to retailers with more than $100,000 in annual sales, including Amazon.com and Overstock.com. A federal appeals court upheld Colorado’s law in February 2016.… Read More

Internet Sales Tax Fairness — Marketplace Nexus — Minnesota

Date: 9 Apr 2018 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In May 2017, as part of a general revenue law, Minnesota passed a first-in-the-nation law that requires platform, or “marketplace,” retailers to collect sales tax on sales made on the platform by third-party sellers. The requirement will take effect the sooner of July 1, 2019, or when the U.S. Supreme Court modifies its ruling in Quill Corp. v. North Dakota.… Read More

Formula Business Restriction — Jersey City, NJ

Date: 5 Jul 2017 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In May 2015, the City Council of Jersey City voted to restrict formula businesses in the downtown area by limiting where they can locate to a maximum of 30 percent of ground floor commercial area on any single lot. The restriction applies to retailers, restaurants, bars, and banks, though there is an exception for grocery stores. Jersey City is the second most-populous city in the state of New Jersey, with more than 260,000 residents. The City Council voted to uphold the restrictions in June 2017.… Read More

Internet Sales Tax Fairness — Economic Nexus — South Dakota

Date: 7 Jul 2016 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In May 2016, a new type of sales tax fairness law took effect in South Dakota. The new law requires merchants to collect the state’s sales taxes if their revenue from sales in South Dakota exceeds $100,000 per year, or if they process 200 or more separate transactions a year in the state. The law is part of an effort by states to challenge the existing sales tax fairness standard, and both put pressure on federal legislators and bring the issue back before the U.S. Supreme Court.… Read More

Set-Asides for Local Retail — E125 Development in East Harlem, New York

Date: 20 May 2016 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In Dec. 2015, New York City released a Request for Proposals (RFP) for a major mixed-use development in the East Harlem neighborhood. The RFP included the specification that, of up to 700,000-square-feet of commercial space, a modest portion—50,000-square-feet—would be reserved for local retailers.… Read More

Affordable Commercial Space for Local Businesses

Date: 20 May 2016 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

The cost of leasing commercial space is soaring in many U.S. cities, threatening the future of independent businesses. Cities have a range of options available to them to keep space appropriate, accessible, and affordable to locally owned businesses. We’ve identified six broad policy strategies.… Read More

Local Purchasing Preferences

Date: 26 Aug 2015 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

When making procurement decisions, many cities and states give preference to local businesses as a means to nurture small businesses and local economies. Some of these jurisdictions give a local preference only in the case of tie bids, but others give preference if a bid from a local business is within a certain percentage of the lowest non-local bid. Washington D.C., for example, by administrative practice gives a five percent preference to local firms.… Read More

Local Purchasing Preference — Phoenix

Date: 26 Aug 2015 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Phoenix is an example of a city that opted to start small. Rather than adopting a change in procurment policy, in 2012, the City of Phoenix altered its process for informal procurements—smaller contracts—instead. The city rolled out its Local Small Business Enterprise Program, which created a database to register small and local businesses. Further, the city said that LSBEs would get the first opportunity to submit quotes for all purchases of goods and services under $50,000.… Read More

Local Purchasing Preference — San Diego

Date: 26 Aug 2015 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Under the City of San Diego’s Small Local Business Enterprise Program, public works contracts valued at $1 million and above include a mandatory subcontractor participation requirement for certified SLBEs, contracts valued between $500,000 and $1 million have a 5 percent bid discount for SLBEs, and contracts valued between $250,000 and $500,000 are only open to certified SLBEs. Other forms of contracts, such as those for goods and services, contain similar elements.… Read More

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