Freedom to Invest in Tomorrow’s Workforce Act H.R. 5339, the Freedom to Invest in Tomorrow’s Workforce Act, would allow 529 savings accounts to be used for workforce training, certification, and other credentialing program costs. This bipartisan bill, introduced by Reps. Abigail Spanberger (D-VA) and Rob Wittman (R-VA), would provide valuable tax-advantaged resources for individuals pursuing… Read more »

ASAE lost its longtime president and CEO John H. Graham IV, FASAE, CAE, on Jan. 12 after an extended battle with cancer. The ASAE community extends its deepest sympathies to John’s family. While no words can adequately express our deep sorrow at losing our leader, the ASAE team is profoundly grateful for the opportunity to… Read more »

There is still time to register for American Associations Day, ASAE’s legislative fly-in, which will take place March 19-20 on Capitol Hill. At this year’s fly-in, association advocates will urge Congress to pass a bipartisan bill to expand individuals’ use of “529” education savings accounts to cover the costs of professional certification and credentialing programs…. Read more »

White House National Economic Council Director Larry Kudlow said that President Trump will unveil a new “tax cuts 2.0” proposal this summer as he campaigns for reelection. Kudlow did not provide specifics about the plan but said the goal will be to “help middle-class economic growth.” The White House has met with Rep. Kevin Brady… Read more »

ASAE sent a letter to the White House today urging the administration to reconsider a proposed executive order that would jeopardize the intellectual property of scientific, engineering and technical societies. The proposed policy issued by the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) would mandate the immediate, free publication of federally funded research, eliminating the… Read more »

The Taxpayer Advocate Service told Congress this week that the office has been excluded from IRS efforts to carry out reforms mandated by the Taxpayer First Act, which was enacted last year. The law includes a number of far-reaching reforms of the IRS aimed at improving customer service, modernizing the agency’s information technology and strengthening… Read more »

A bipartisan bill to expand individuals’ use of “529” education savings accounts to cover the costs of professional certification and credentialing programs was endorsed this week in an editorial by the Richmond Times-Dispatch. The Freedom to Invest in Tomorrow’s Workforce Act was introduced last month by Reps. Abigail Spanberger (D-VA) and Rob Wittman (R-VA) to… Read more »

The pending sale of the .ORG domain registry to a private equity firm called Ethos Capital, first announced last November, has been met by a growing chorus of critics. ASAE and other nonprofit organizations quickly registered concern after the deal was announced that Ethos’ motives in acquiring the rights to run .ORG for more than… Read more »

Ways and Means Democrats this week called on the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to issue guidance for tax-exempt organizations on how they can claim refunds for taxes paid on parking and transportation benefits they provide to employees. The 2017 tax law required associations and other nonprofit groups to pay a 21% unrelated business income tax… Read more »

The ASAE Public Policy team wishes the association community a safe and happy holidays. Thanks to support from ASAE’s grassroots network and donors to APAC and The Power of A Fund, our team was able to weigh in on numerous legislative, regulatory and legal issues that impact associations and the broader tax-exempt sector. We look… Read more »