ASAE Responds to Trump’s Travel Ban

ASAE earlier this week said the Trump administration’s refugee and travel ban is already affecting international attendance at upcoming association conferences. President Trump’s executive order on immigration went into effect last Friday, leading to confusion, legal questions and protests across the country over the weekend. The order indefinitely bars Syrian refugees from entering the United… Read more »

PRC Approves New Postal Rates

The Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) has approved new rate increases to be implemented by the Postal Service on Jan. 22, including 49 cents for a new stamp and an overall increase of .9 percent across all classes and categories of mail. While this is expected to be the only rate change in 2017, the PRC… Read more »

Trump to Cut Government Spending

The Trump administration’s first budget won’t go to Congress until mid- to late-April but Trump staffers are already working on a plan to reduce federal spending by $10.5 trillion over 10 years. According to The Hill, the proposed cuts track closely with a spending blueprint published last year by the conservative Heritage Foundation. Specific spending… Read more »

Trump Questions GOP Tax Plan

President-elect Trump has clashed with congressional Republicans over whether to include a border adjustment tax in the tax reform legislation currently being drafted in the House. While Trump has threatened companies like Toyota with a border tax on imports, Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX) have pushed for… Read more »

Taxpayer Advocate Calls for IRS Reform

National Taxpayer Advocate Nina Olson released a report to Congress this week recommending that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) shift its focus from enforcement to servicing the needs of taxpayers. Olson said the IRS has viewed itself for years as primarily an enforcement agency, and currently allocates 43 percent of its budget to enforcing the… Read more »