On January 31, 2012, the leader of the National Treasury Employees Union (NTEU) called on Congress to approve the S. 1034 – Commuter Benefits Equity Act of 2011, which would permanently establish parity between the parking and mass transit portions of the employee transportation benefit.
Congress is beginning to mandate the use of XBRL to track spending and improve transparency in government reports. Bills that contain language calling for the implementation of data standards, such as XBRL, have not yet passed into law, but the requirement could become part of the final payroll tax cut bill.
The IRS is bracing itself for the implementation of the massive new health care legislation. A few select provisions in the Affordable Care Act have already taken effect, but the most controversial sections of the new law are not scheduled to kick in until 2014.
While the threat of a government shutdown has been put to rest, NTEU president is still warning Americans that reduced funding embodied in the signed omnibus spending agreement will place an enormous strain on the ability of government agencies to fulfill their critical missions – particularly the IRS.
Just a week after this year's Veterans Day, President Obama signed new legislation providing a tax credit to employers who hire military veterans. The VOW to Hire Heroes Act is a small piece of a much larger jobs bill that has stalled in Congress.
President Obama has proposed a number of significant tax changes in the American Jobs Act of 2011, including payroll tax cuts, tax credits to encourage hiring, extension of the 100 percent bonus depreciation tax break, and several revenue-raisers.
The Senate approved the bipartisan bill last week, voting 74-26. The legislation will raise the debt ceiling $900 billion and cut government spending, which Representative Steve Stivers (R-OH) calls "not perfect, but the package as a whole helps small businesses...."
On April 14, President Obama signed legislation that repeals both the expanded Form 1099 information reporting requirements and the 1099 reporting requirements imposed on taxpayers who receive rental income.
JPMorgan Chase has announced that it will end its popular debit card rewards program for existing customers on July 19. Wells Fargo, SunTrust, and PNC have announced that they will either end their rewards programs or close them to new customers.
The Senate voted on Tuesday, April 5, by a vote of 87 to 12, to repeal the provision in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act that would have required businesses to file 1099 tax forms beginning in 2012 for all purchases over $600.