The NRF Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the National Retail Federation, has earned a 2018 ASAE Power of A Summit Award for its efforts to enrich lives and create a more gainfully employed society. The Foundation was recognized for its RISE Up (Retail Industry Skills & Education) program, a training and credentialing initiative designed to… Read more »

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 »