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December 2017

Alabama senate election means tax bill must pass by Christmas…

The stunning victory of Democrat Doug Jones over Republican Roy Moore in the special senate election in Alabama puts intense pressure on the GOP Senate leadership to enact their tax bill quickly before the new senator from Alabama shrinks their majority to only one vote.

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No one wants a government shutdown...

Republicans and Democrats appear agreed on one major issue these days...no one wants a government shutdown.

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New NLRB general counsel moves quickly to reverse Obama-era rulings...

The National Labor Relations Board’s new general counsel, Peter Robb, has moved with surprising speed to reverse pro-labor policies and rulings issued by his predecessor, Richard Griffin, and the previous Board’s Democratic majority.

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IRS begins to enforce the Obamacare employer mandate...

Even as Congress was moving toward repealing the individual mandate in the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has begun enforcing the business mandate requiring employers having 50 or more full-time employees (or full-time equivalent employees) to offer health insurance coverage to eligible employees and their dependents.

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Trump administration tightens the screws on the H-1B visa program...

The Trump administration has for several months been adding new rules and increased scrutiny on employment visa applications. And new rules are expected to make it even harder for businesses to hire foreign workers.

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U.S. Supreme Court puts off a decision on the rights of gay workers...

In a case that could impact every U.S. employer, the Supreme Court has decided not to resolve whether federal civil rights laws prohibit employers from discriminating against gay and lesbian workers.

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House committee approves bill repealing the conflict minerals rule...

The U.S. House Financial Services Committee has approved a bill that would repeal the so-called conflict minerals rule which requires U.S. firms to report on whether they are using gold, tin, tantalum or tungsten mined in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and surrounding areas.

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Implementing new tax law will pose challenges for the IRS and taxpayers alike...

Among the unintended consequences of enacting major changes in the tax law right before the end of the year are the massive challenges faced by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), tax professionals and taxpayers themselves in implementing and complying with the new rules.

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Gene Goldenberg

Gene Goldenberg has joined us in Washington, D.C., as a consultant on federal, legislative and public policy issues. Gene is an accomplished Washington professional with three decades of experience in business, government affairs, public relations and journalism.

Most recently, he has operated his own consulting business specializing in government affairs and business consulting for corporate and association clients. Prior to that, Gene served in senior management positions with Wolters Kluwer (CCH Tax and Accounting) and H&R Block, Inc. following an award-winning career as a Washington journalist with newspaper and magazine publishers.

In his corporate positions, Gene played a key role directing relations with numerous federal and state government agencies and twice has served as president of the leading association in the tax software and tax preparation industries. His many years managing business-to-business sales and marketing have given him a broad understanding of the problems and challenges facing small to medium sized companies.

His earlier journalism career included writing about Congress, the White House and numerous federal agencies for the Scripps-Howard Newspaper group as well as the Kiplinger Washington Letter and other business publications. Gene holds a bachelor’s degree from Cornell University and a master’s degree from Northwestern University.