For questions email publicpolicy@asaecenter.org. FEDERAL TAX ISSUES FOR ASSOCIATIONS AND MEMBERS “ASAE opposes any increased or additional federal income tax burden on associations.  ASAE supports the ‘relatedness test’ — continuation of the present system for determining areas of tax-exempt organization activity that are taxable because they are not related to the purposes for which exempt… Read more »

The Senate passed a package of four appropriations bills, including roughly $11.3 billion in fiscal year 2019 funding for the IRS. The Senate package, which passed 92-6 earlier this week, would give the IRS about $350 million less than the House agreed to last month. Both bills include about $77 million in additional funding specifically… Read more »

The Senate Finance Committee on Aug. 1 advanced two of President Trump’s nominees for senior posts in the Treasury Department, though Democrats are opposing one nomination. By a 25-2 vote, the committee easily approved Michael Desmond’s nomination to be the chief counsel at the IRS. Desmond was Treasury tax legislative counsel under President George W…. Read more »

The Trump administration issued a final rule Wednesday allowing for the sale and renewal of more short-term health plans that are designed to be inexpensive, but do not have to cover pre-existing conditions or comply with other Affordable Care Act (ACA) coverage requirements. Under the current rules, issued in 2016 by the Obama administration, short-term… Read more »

Lawmakers are increasingly aware of the need to fix a provision in the new tax law that requires tax-exempt organizations to pay taxes on employee parking and transportation benefits. Sens. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and James Lankford (R-OK) introduced separate bills this week that would repeal the mandate requiring associations, charities, churches and other tax-exempt organizations… Read more »

In order to proactively bring the association community together to combat the spread of  legislation impacting professional certification programs, ASAE and The Institute for Credentialing Excellence (ICE) have formed the Professional Certification Coalition (PCC). The mission of the PCC is to inform the state legislative process about voluntary professional certification in the face of state legislative… Read more »

Sen. Michael Bennet (D-CO) and Rep. John Sarbanes (D-MD) introduced legislation July 25 to curb “pay-to-play” politics and strengthen lobbying disclosure laws. The bill would end the 20 percent threshold for lobbying registrations and would also require consultants who only provide “strategic advice in support of lobbying” to register. The bill would also prevent congressional… Read more »

House Republicans on July 24 unveiled a broad framework for the next phase of tax reform, which would make permanent tax cuts for individuals and small business owners that were enacted in last year’s tax law. Dubbed “Tax Reform 2.0,” the package has three distinct objectives: making the individual tax cuts permanent, promoting retirement savings,… Read more »

President Trump’s nominee to be deputy Treasury secretary today defended the agency’s decision to scrap donor disclosure rules for most tax-exempt organizations. Treasury and the IRS announced the policy change last week, saying the IRS no longer has an administrative need for continuing the routine collection of donor names and addresses. Charities and section 527… Read more »

House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX) said July 18 he plans on releasing an outline of his “Tax Reform 2.0” package next week. Brady’s outline is expected to include a number of tax bills that could be passed at the same time this fall, including a measure to make permanent some of… Read more »