The Treasury Department this week released a new contingency plan to deal with the ongoing partial government shutdown, but Democratic lawmakers have doubts about the agency’s ability to handle the upcoming tax-filing season. Treasury’s shutdown plan provides for 46,000 employees, about 57 percent of the agency’s workforce, to be working during tax-filing season, which begins… Read more »

Federal and state lawmakers are stepping up efforts to pass legislation regulating how companies collect and use personal data. Calls for a national privacy law have gained force after some high-profile missteps last year like Facebook’s Cambridge Analytica scandal and the enactment of sweeping privacy regulations in Europe that among other things require companies to… Read more »

Despite the partial government shutdown, the IRS on Dec. 31 issued interim guidance on the 21 percent excise tax on tax-exempt executive compensation exceeding $1 million in any taxable year, enacted as part of the 2017 tax law. ASAE has flagged the tax as concerning to the tax-exempt community, particularly because compensation subject to the… Read more »

House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal (D-MA) yesterday announced the appointment of 10 new Democratic members to the committee. As the tax-writing committee in the House, Ways and Means has jurisdiction over many issues impacting the tax-exempt sector. Five of the 10 new Democrats on the committee – Rep. Gwen Moore (D-WI), Rep…. Read more »

House Democrats introduced a massive government oversight package last Friday that among other things would require the IRS to issue rules clarifying the permitted political activities of 501(c)(4) groups. The House package, introduced as H.R. 1, includes numerous provisions Democrats have wanted to pass to limit the influence of so-called “dark money” in politics. Section… Read more »

Outgoing Ohio Governor John Kasich last Friday signed into law Senate Bill 255, which establishes a statewide policy on occupational regulations but was amended to address some concerns from the association community. ASAE commends the Professional Certification Commission (PCC) and some Ohio-based associations – in particular, the Ohio Society of Association Executives and the Ohio… Read more »

The ASAE Public Policy team would like to update our community on the key issues that we have been following: Tax Unrelated Business Income Tax (UBIT) ASAE’s UBIT Coalition will continue to bring together associations and nonprofits to urge Congress to delay or repeal the 21 percent tax on parking and transportation benefits provided by… Read more »

ASAE is hosting a four-part online seminar series on strengthening your government relations program January 15-19, 2019. Whether you are new to association government relations or an experienced association professional interested in expanding your GR knowledge, this seminar series will provide you with the essential information you need to develop a proactive and strategic GR… Read more »