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Doug Clark
Texas exempts remote retailers’ first $500,000 in annual sales from tax liability

Texas has set the nation’s highest “safe harbor” threshold for remote online sales. “If in the preceding 12 calendar months, a remote seller’s total Texas revenue from the sale of tangible personal property is less than $500,000, the seller is not required to collect and remit sales tax,” the Sales Tax Institute reports. The remote sales-tax rule established by the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts took effect Jan. 1 but won’t be enforced until Oct. 1, 2019. Once a seller exceeds the $500,000 threshold, it must obtain a permit and begin collecting sales taxes within four months. Texas is one

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Robert Bell
Triple Crown: Gunn, Knight Furniture win 3 awards

You would think longtime Home Furnishings Association member David Gunn would be used to winning awards, but the HFA’s 2016 Retailer of the Year still gets emotional when his name is called. This time it was when the Sherman (Texas) Chamber of Commerce honored Gunn and Knight Furniture, with three awards: the President’s Award, Small Business of the Year, and the Community Leader of the Year. Sherman City council member Shawn Teamann presented the Community Leader of the Year award to Gunn, who received a standing ovation. “I’m sorry if I seem a little more emotional than normal,” Gunn said.

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Starting over – again

Two days after a fire destroyed Sergio’s Furniture & Mattress in Santa Maria, Calif., store owner Sergio Diaz took to social media to calm his customers. “I knew they were concerned about the store, but I also knew they were concerned about their orders, so I wanted to take care of them and let them know we are still there for them,” said Diaz. It’s been nearly weeks since a Jan. 3 blaze destroyed Diaz’s store. Charred tables, couches and chairs have been removed and the smell of smoke has been washed away by wind and rain. The owner of

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Shop Talk
Robert Bell
When it’s cold outside, retailers are lonely inside

From a furniture retailer’s perspective, the polar vortex gripping much of the Midwest this week can be summed up in two numbers: 21 and 0. The first is the number of degrees below zero Norton Shore, Mich., felt like when a lusty wind chill whipped off Lake Michigan early Wednesday morning. The second is the number of Norton Shore customers who chose to brave the c-c-cold and show up at Blended Furniture Market the past two days. HFA member RandiLynn Talsma stared out her store’s front windows at an empty parking lot and shrugged. “It’s been a quiet 48 hours,

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Policy Matters
Doug Clark
California governor promises small business-friendly administration

California enacted more than 1,000 new laws in 2018, many impacting businesses like furniture retailers. That’s why so much of the news you see on Home Furnishings Association communications channels comes out of California. Not to mention the fact that California initiatives tend to migrate eastward. This can create a challenging environment. “Small businesses often do not have the means to hire in-house legal counsel or a Human Resources team to keep up with the changing laws,” Laura Curtis, a policy advocate for CalChamber, recently wrote in Capitol Insider. “I cannot imagine opening say a cupcake shop in California. It

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Eric Easter, CEO of Kittle’s Furniture, discussed the importance of establishing a positive company culture during HFA’s Lunch with Leaders at the Las Vegas Market.
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Easter shares insights at HFA’s Lunch with Leaders

Eric Easter, CEO of Kittle’s Furniture, discussed the importance of establishing a positive company culture during HFA’s Lunch with Leaders at the Las Vegas Market. Easter, a member of the Home Furnishings Association’s Board of Directors, said business success depends heavily on employee attitudes. When they feel a sense of ownership, and when they’re treated fairly and consistently, employees want to contribute to the company’s growth. A business can attract and keep the right people by developing collaborative relationships, Easter said. Lunch with Leaders offers an opportunity for young professionals to talk one-on-one with a leader in the industry and

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