Associations forced to transition in-person trade shows to virtual events as a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic are carefully consulting existing guidance from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) regarding virtual exhibit revenue and unrelated business income tax (UBIT). Longstanding congressional statute holds that revenue from traditional trade shows is exempt from UBIT if certain… Read more »

More than 2,200 associations have joined ASAE’s latest letter to Congress requesting COVID-19 assistance for 501(c)(6) organizations. The deadline to join the letter is tomorrow and interested parties are encouraged to add their organization’s name to the letter here. ASAE’s sign-on letter urges Congress to expand access to the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) to include… Read more »

ASAE’s Government Relations and Advocacy Professionals Advisory Council and the National Institute for Lobbying & Ethics will hold a webinar Sept. 24 at 12 p.m. ET on preparing for legislative fly-ins in 2021. Panelists will discuss ways that government relations professionals can plan for the possibility of both in-person and virtual fly-ins next year and… Read more »

Frustrated with the stalemate on a new coronavirus relief package, the bipartisan Problem Solvers Caucus has assembled a roughly $1.5 trillion framework intended as a last-ditch effort to spur negotiations before Congress leaves Washington for the election season. The plan, led by Reps. Josh Gottheimer (D-NJ) and Tom Reed (R-NY), is designed for a six-month… Read more »

The deadline to join ASAE’s latest letter to Congress requesting COVID-19 assistance for 501(c)(6) organizations has been extended to Sept. 25. Association leaders are encouraged to add their organization’s name to the letter here. The sign-on letter, which already includes more than 1,600 signatories, calls on Congress to expand access to the Paycheck Protection Program… Read more »

ASAE President and CEO Susan Robertson, CAE, participated this afternoon in a congressional roundtable with Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) and other trade association leaders interested in ensuring that businesses and associations can financially recover from future waves of COVID-19 and other pandemics that may occur. Maloney, a senior member of the House Financial Services Committee,… Read more »

In a recent op-ed published in The Hill, ASAE President and CEO Susan Robertson, CAE, amplified ASAE’s calls on Congress to swiftly extend the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and provide relief for America’s associations during the months-long COVID-19 pandemic. Congress has enacted several sweeping rescue packages this year to assist individuals, small businesses and various… Read more »