While the shutdown has paused action in Washington, the 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 nonprofit organizations. “While the interim guidance released by the Treasury Department last month provides associations some guidance in… Read more »

Beginning on January 1, 2019, the District of Columbia Office of Tax and Revenue will require that nonprofit organizations re-apply for tax-exempt status every five years. Many associations have already received notices from the District as to this change. Eric Owens, Tax Senior at Tate & Tryon, advises tax-exempt organizations that if their Federal determination… Read more »

Today ASAE public policy staff were part of the opening day activities as the new Congress convened. We also met with new Members of Congress to share our Power of A messages: associations strengthen the U.S. and world, and America works best when we work together. They also met key supporters of associations and discussed… Read more »

ASAE is hosting a four-part online seminar series on strengthening your government relations program Jan. 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 »

The House was scheduled to vote today on a year-end tax bill offered by Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX), although the looming partial government shutdown is taking up all the oxygen on Capitol Hill now. Brady’s tax package, which includes repeal of a 21 percent tax on parking and transportation benefits provided… Read more »

House leaders who met with President Trump today said he will not sign a seven-week stopgap spending measure that does not include additional funding for a border wall. The Senate on Wednesday approved a bill to fund the government through Feb. 8, moving a step closer to averting a partial government shutdown at the end… Read more »

ASAE and the Coalition to Protect and Promote Association Health Plans filed an amicus brief in federal court yesterday supporting the Department of Labor’s authority to issue its final AHP regulations last summer. The coalition’s amicus brief, filed with the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, backs the administration’s motion to dismiss a… Read more »

The Senate passed legislation Wednesday to reverse recent Treasury Department guidance that limits donor disclosure requirements for nonprofit organizations. The resolution from Sens. Jon Tester (D-MT) and Ron Wyden (D-OR) was approved by the Senate in a 50-49 vote, with Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) joining every Democrat in support. The measure required only a simply… Read more »

A partial government shutdown is possible at the end of next week unless President Trump and congressional leaders resolve an impasse over funding for Trump’s long-promised U.S.-Mexico border wall. Trump met with Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-NY) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) at the White House on Tuesday and refused to back… Read more »

While congressional leaders worked this week to repeal the fringe benefits tax on nonprofits, the Treasury Department issued interim guidance on Dec. 10 to help soften the tax blow on the sector. Last year’s tax law sets a 21 percent tax on so-called fringe benefits – such as free parking or mass transit assistance –… Read more »