President Trump’s nominee to head the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Beverly Hills tax attorney Charles Rettig, was questioned at length today by the Senate Finance Committee about his background and how he would lead a huge, service-focused agency facing challenges on several fronts. Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-UT) said at the outset of… Read more »

The Supreme Court ruled in a 5-4 decision June 26 that President Trump has not exceeded his authority in banning travelers from certain countries in the name of national security. Lower courts had struck down each of three iterations of the president’s travel ban, the first of which was announced in January 2017 at the… Read more »

The IRS is considering postponing enforcement of two provisions in the new tax law exposing tax-exempt organizations to unrelated business income tax liability, according to Bloomberg BNA. Last year’s Tax Cuts and Jobs Act added a requirement that tax-exempt organizations report unrelated business income for each trade or business separately. Previously, exempt organizations could report… Read more »

The Supreme Court on Monday allowed electoral maps in Wisconsin and Maryland to remain in place for now, side-stepping the question of whether extreme partisan gerrymandering is unconstitutional. The Supreme Court has never struck down a voting district as an unconstitutional partisan gerrymander and such a ruling would likely change future political elections across the… Read more »

Lawmakers heard testimony June 20 on occupational licensing and its effects on economic growth, while acknowledging the issue should be left primarily to the states to determine whether over-regulation is creating barriers to employment. “Occupational licensing plays an important role in protecting consumers and ensuring high-quality service,” said Rep. Brett Guthrie (R-KY), who chairs the… Read more »

The Trump administration this week issued a final rule expanding association health plans (AHPs) as a means of helping small businesses and self-employed people get affordable health coverage. “The Trump administration hopes to level the playing field between large companies and small businesses by expanding access to association health plans,” Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta told… Read more »

The House Appropriations Committee yesterday voted 28-20 to boost IRS funding to $11.6 billion for the 2019 fiscal year that starts Oct. 1. The $11.6 billion represents an increase of $186 million from the agency’s current funding level, with $77 million specifically tied to implementing the new tax law. The IRS requested about $400 million… Read more »

Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) is making no promises on whether the House can pass a compromise bill to protect more than 1 million young undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as children. Ryan and GOP leaders have tried to sell the compromise bill to conservatives and moderate Republicans, but conservative lawmakers are still trying… Read more »

The notice can be found on the House Education and Workforce website here.   While ASAE and other associations track a proliferation of state legislation that has posed a threat to voluntary certification programs, a House Education and the Workforce subcommittee has scheduled a hearing June 20 on occupational licensing and reducing barriers to employment…. Read more »

Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX) confirmed this week he expects to have another tax bill, dubbed “tax reform 2.0,” ready before the House breaks for the August recess. The White House and House leaders are interested in changes to the tax code that would serve as a follow-up to the tax law… Read more »