National Taxpayer Advocate Nina Olson gave a grim assessment of the problems facing the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) during a congressional hearing this week. Unsurprisingly, Olson said the 35-day partial government shutdown that ended in late January “could not have come at a worse time for the IRS.” The agency was already facing significant challenges… Read more »

House Democrats have vowed to introduce legislation to improve U.S. infrastructure in the coming weeks, but consensus is lacking on how to pay for the package. House leaders say passage depends on President Trump and congressional Republicans moving away from the administration’s proposal to stick states, localities and the private sector with most of the… Read more »

Reps. Mark Walker (R-NC) and Tom Suozzi (D-NY) introduced a bill March 5 to repeal the unrelated business income tax on certain employee benefits provided by associations and other tax-exempt organizations. The bill is a companion to legislation introduced last week by Sens. James Lankford (R-OK) and Chris Coons (D-DE). The tax on nonprofit fringe… Read more »

ASAE and other associations are increasingly concerned with a provision in House Democrats’ sweeping campaign finance bill that could be detrimental to associations that operate political action committees (PACs). The legislation, called the “For the People Act” or H.R. 1, is a compendium of ideas that Democrats have championed in recent years to promote transparency… Read more »

ASAE delivered the following letter to members of the House of Representatives on March 6:   To Members of the U.S. House of Representatives: ASAE writes to express our concern and need for clarification of provisions in H.R. 1 that would expand the definition of “foreign national” and potentially threaten the continued ability of associations… Read more »