Access to Capital for Local Businesses

Date: 15 Apr 2014 | posted in: Banking, Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

A significant share of locally owned businesses are struggling to secure the financing they need to grow.  Our 2014 Independent Business Survey found that 42 percent of local businesses that needed a loan in the previous two years had been … Read More

Internet Sales Tax Fairness — Marketplace Fairness Act

Date: 8 Mar 2013 | posted in: Retail | 2 Facebooktwitterredditmail

The Marketplace Fairness Act of 2013 passed the Senate with an overwhelming, bipartisan vote.The bill would allow states that met certain conditions to require large internet and mail-order retailers to collect state and local sales taxes. As the bill’s preamble states, its intended purpose is “to restore States’ sovereign rights to enforce State and local sales and use tax laws.”… Read More

Internet Sales Tax Fairness — Economic Nexus and Marketplace Nexus — Pennsylvania

Date: 7 Jan 2013 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In October 2017, Pennsylvania passed a law that, like Washington’s law, requires marketplace marketplace facilitators or remote sellers with more than $10,000 in sales in the state either collect sales tax or follow certain use tax notification and reporting requirements. The law took effect i March 2018.… Read More

Store Size Caps

Date: 15 Mar 2012 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Dozens of communities, recognizing that their local economies can absorb only so much new retail without causing numerous existing businesses to close, have enacted zoning rules that prohibit stores over a certain size. Store size caps help to sustain the vitality of small-scale, pedestrian-oriented business districts, which in turn nurture local business development.… Read More

Economic Impact Review – California (proposed)

Date: 8 Sep 2011 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In September 2011, the California Legislature pased a bill requiring cities and counties to have an economic impact analysis prepared before deciding whether to approve an application to develop a large superstore. The legislation defines a superstore as a retail store of at least 90,000 square feet that devotes 10 percent or more of its space to groceries. The law lists a range of impacts that the study must assess and quantify. … Read More

Internet Sales Tax Fairness — Click-Through Nexus — California

Date: 29 Jun 2011 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

California’s new sales tax fairness law, which was signed into law by the governor on June 29, 2011, has two parts.  The first is similar to laws enacted in half a dozen other states.  It requires online retailers that have more than $500,000 in annual revenue from California customers and that use in-state sales affiliates to collect sales taxes. A second provision of the law mandates that retailers that have subsidiaries or affiliated companies in California, as Amazon does, also must collect sales tax. … Read More

Fixed Price Book Laws

Date: 2 Jun 2011 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Laws in some European countries, most notably Germany, require all bookstores, including online sellers, to sell books at fixed prices. Supporters say outlawing discounts protects independent bookstores and small publishers, which in turn ensures that a broader variety of books are available and that there is less focus on best-sellers.… Read More

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