Monday, January 18, 2010

Northern California Independent Booksellers Association/ Tax on Internet/ Annual Survey

The Northern California Independent Retail Booksellers Association has formally joined as an affiliate member of Small Business California. Small Business California will be working closely with them in their efforts to have all companies including Amazon be required to charge sales tax on internet sales. According to some accounts the state loses over $400 million and clearly creates an unfair playing field for brick and mortar small businesses. This is not only applicable to book stores but electronics stores and music stores just to name a few.

We now have three affiliate members. The other two are The Plumbing Heating and Cooling Contractors and the California Association of Telecommunications companies

You may have wondered what SB Cal was doing on the issue of sales tax on integrated manufacturers who compete on construction projects. The Board of Equalization has now written two reports on this both of which we feel understate the problem for small contractors competing on road work. On January 20th Lori Kammerer our lobbyist and Skip Baldwin of Delta Construction and I have a meeting with BOE staff to discuss. Thank you to all that sent letters to Senator Mark Leno’s office on this issue

In the next couple of weeks we will be sending out our annual survey. Please take a look at it and let me know questions you might like added. Thursday January 21 we will finalize. Thank you to those that have told me you will help distribute and for others that may not have done so let me know if you will help.

Scott Hauge
Small Business California
2311 Taraval Street
San Francisco, CA 94116

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