The U.K. announced earlier this week it will implement a new digital services tax aimed at big technology companies like Google, Amazon and Facebook. The U.K. tax will only be aimed at large tech firms that generate global revenue of at least 500 million pounds per year and won’t take effect until 2020, according to… Read more »

The Visit U.S. Coalition is circulating a sign-on letter urging lawmakers to reauthorize Brand USA, the public-private partnership established by Congress to market and promote the U.S. as a destination. Brand USA has proven effective in drawing international visitors to the U.S., working with more than 800 partner organizations to generate $17.7 billion in visitor… Read more »

Congressional Democrats and Republicans this week outlined differing tax policy priorities depending on the outcome of next week’s midterm elections. President Trump and House Ways and Means Committee Kevin Brady (R-TX) have been touting the success of last year’s Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, while promising more relief for the middle-class next year. Trump floated… Read more »

ASAE will host a program Nov. 8 from 3 PM-5 PM to review the midterm election results and assess the impact on associations’ legislative agendas in 2019 and beyond. The midterm election review program, supported by ASAE’s Power of A program and the Government Relations Section Council, is part of ASAE’s Government Relations Symposium Series…. Read more »

The Department of Labor on Oct. 22 announced proposed rulemaking to make it easier for small businesses to offer retirement benefits to their employees through association retirement plans (ARPs). Under the proposal, ARPs could be operated by trade associations in a city, county, state or multi-state metropolitan area, or in a particular industry nationwide. Sole… Read more »

As authorities continue to investigate a wave of pipe bombs mailed to prominent Democratic political figures and celebrities, ASAE released a statement today from President and CEO John Graham condemning political violence. “Political violence and intimidation have no place in our democracy, which provides equal protections of human rights, civil liberties and political freedom for… Read more »

President Trump in the past few days has pledged a “major tax cut” for middle class Americans, though Republican lawmakers say they will be hard pressed to pass a plan this year. Trump first floated the tax cut last weekend, saying that his administration is “studying very deeply right now round the clock a major… Read more »

ASAE President and CEO John Graham, FASAE, CAE, released the following statement in response to the spate of political violence that has occurred this week: “Political violence and intimidation have no place in our democracy, which provides equal protections of human rights, civil liberties and political freedom for all people. The rule of law must… Read more »

The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) last week proposed its biggest price hike for first-class mail since 1991. The USPS board of governors requested a 5-cent increase to the price of a First-Class “forever” stamp, from 50 cents to 55 cents. The cost of shipping services would vary by product, with Priority Mail Express set to… Read more »

The federal budget deficit grew to $779 billion in fiscal 2018, nearly 17 percent higher than last year, according to the Treasury Department. The deficit is now on pace to top $1 trillion next year, and is the largest since 2012, when the economy was still recovering from the last recession. Administration officials attributed the… Read more »