The Meetings Mean Business Coalition and leaders from across the meetings industry are joining together today for “Global Meetings Industry Day,” an international day of advocacy highlighting the economic value of meetings and conventions. Global Meetings Industry Day (GMID) was created in 2016 to enhance the profile of the meetings industry and last year involved… Read more »

ASAE will bring a small but diverse group of association leaders to meet with Treasury officials April 25 to discuss changes in the new tax law affecting fringe benefits. ASAE submitted comments on recently-issued guidance on fringe benefits late last month. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act enacted at the end of last year renders… Read more »

The House Ways and Means Committee yesterday voted unanimously to advance a legislative package to restructure the IRS. The bipartisan package of 12 bills, drafted by Oversight Subcommittee Chairman Lynn Jenkins (R-KS) and ranking member John Lewis (D-GA), includes dozens of prescriptions to “fix” the IRS, including provisions to establish a new independent IRS Office… Read more »

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) forecasted earlier this week that the federal government’s budget deficit will exceed $1 trillion within two years, a projection that rankles conservatives on Capitol Hill. The nonpartisan CBO estimates that the sweeping tax law enacted at the end of last year will add nearly $1.9 trillion to the deficit over… Read more »

In conjunction with American Associations Day last month, ASAE’s Public Policy Committee released an updated version of ASAE’s Association Lobbying Guidelines. These guidelines reinforce ethical principles association lobbyists and all association professionals strive to uphold when representing their members before government officials. The ASAE Public Policy Committee formed a diverse working group to tackle the… Read more »

The Senate Finance Committee will hold a hearing April 12 on how the IRS plans to address future challenges and prepare for the 2018 filing season. “The hearing will focus on making certain the agency is well staffed and has the technology it needs to serve taxpayers, reduce fraud and keep taxpayer information secure,” said… Read more »

The House Energy and Commerce Committee will hold a hearing on April 17 on the issue of internet fast lanes, which had been banned before the repeal of net neutrality rules last December. The Obama-era net neutrality rules were put in place to force internet providers like Verizon and Comcast to treat all web traffic… Read more »

The Trump administration last week announced plans to heighten its scrutiny of U.S. visa applicants’ social media histories, a move which would affect nearly 15 million people a year. The proposed new rules from the State Department would require visa applicants to disclose details about their Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and other social media accounts, as… Read more »

By Emily P. Walker, CAE, Vice President, Advocacy, Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants and Nate Smith, Vice President, Government Relations, American Traffic Safety Services Association Lobbying Reform Working Group Co-Chairs In conjunction with American Associations Day, the legislative fly-in for association professionals, ASAE’s Public Policy Committee released an updated version of its Association Lobbying Guidelines…. Read more »

Two lawmakers on the House Ways and Means Oversight Subcommittee released draft legislation this week to overhaul Internal Revenue Service (IRS) operations and modernize the agency’s information technology, infrastructure and services. Oversight Subcommittee Chairman Lynn Jenkins (R-KS) and Ranking Member John Lewis (D-GA) said the draft bill is the result of dozens of hearings and… Read more »

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