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 »

House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX) released a revised year-end tax bill this week that still includes repeal of a 21 percent tax on parking and transportation benefits provided by nonprofit organizations. ASAE and its UBIT Coalition have been seeking repeal or delay of this tax for almost a year. In addition… Read more »

A Treasury Department-led task force released a series of recommendations this week to overhaul the U.S. Postal Service’s business model without overly burdening taxpayers. Between fiscal 2007 and fiscal 2018, the USPS experienced net losses totaling $69 billion and is forecasted to lose tens of billions of dollars more over the next decade if its… Read more »

Both the House and Senate passed a continuing resolution today to fund the government for two weeks, through Dec. 21, to allow more time to negotiate funding for nine Cabinet departments and dozens of smaller federal agencies. President Trump has said he will sign the stopgap funding measure, but he still wants $5 billion for… Read more »

Time is running short for this Republican-controlled Congress to pass a substantial new tax package, but ASAE is still urging lawmakers to repeal a provision in last year’s tax law that forces nonprofit institutions to pay a 21 percent tax on parking and transportation benefits for their employees. House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin… Read more »

ASAE sent a letter to the Treasury Department earlier this week asking the department to mitigate the impact of a 21% excise tax on certain tax-exempt executive compensation, enacted as part of last year’s Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA). As ASAE explained in a letter to members, the tax might appear to impact only… Read more »

Democratic leaders say their first legislative proposal when they take control of the House in January will center on campaign finance reform, closing loopholes in government ethics laws and reducing the influence of outside money in politics. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), who was nominated by House Democrats this week to serve as the… Read more »