PA Government to Levy Tax on Membership Fees

The Pennsylvania Department of Revenue (DOR) issued a sales and use tax ruling Jan. 31 clarifying that membership fees to join a professional association are taxable if the member receives tangible personal property in addition to non-taxable services in exchange for their dues payment. While the ruling acknowledges that a membership fee in and of… Read more »

White House Suspends Global Entry for NY Residents

The Trump administration announced yesterday it is temporarily banning New York residents from enrolling in Global Entry and other Trusted Traveler programs, citing the state’s “sanctuary” policies that limit federal access to state driver’s license data. Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf said New York’s so-called Green Light Law prevents agencies like U.S. Customs and… Read more »

NY Nonprofit Donor Disclosure Rules Struck Down

A federal judge this week struck down key provisions of New York’s lobbying law that would have required 501(c)(3) and 501(c)(4) nonprofit groups to publicly disclose information about their donors. New York’s lobbying law was passed by state legislators in 2016. Governor Andrew Cuomo’s administration said the law was needed to address political corruption after… Read more »

CA Bill Treats Contractors as Employees

California lawmakers approved a landmark bill Sept. 10 requiring companies to designate freelancers or independent contractors as employees. Passed by the California Senate this week, the bill would extend labor protections and employee benefits like health care, overtime and minimum wage to many workers formerly considered contractors. The measure is expected to be signed by… Read more »

CA Bill Redefines Standards for Employment Status

A groundbreaking labor bill is making its way through the California Senate that would redefine what it means to be an employee in the state. Passed by the California State Assembly in May, AB 5 would extend labor protections and employee benefits like health care, overtime and minimum wage to many workers formerly considered freelancers… Read more »