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AHC Tax Bulletin-March 2018

The following is from the American Horse Council: AHC's Tax Bulletin is Sponsored by The American Horse Council keeps you up to date with important tax court cases and regulations with its bi-monthly Tax Bulletin. The Tax Bulletin is a member benefit, and thus is not intended for reproduction. For more information on federal legislation, equine health and regulatory issues, taxes, animal welfare, racing, recreation, and showing please visit our website at www.horsecouncil.org Horse Industry Trots Into New Tax Landscape Two major policy developments have dramatically changed the tax landscape for horse owners and millions of other Americans as they make nancial plans for their businesses and families in 2018 and beyond: enactment of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act ...
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FMCSA Responds to AHC Request

The following is from the American Horse Council: February 26, 2018 FMCSA Responds to AHC Request The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) followed their recent meeting with AHC staff, a meeting in response to the AHC request for clarification , by releasing two documents on the existing Commercial Driver License (CDL) regulations and how those regulations impact the horse industry. The AHC is appreciative of the horse specific efforts that FMCSA have taken to quell the concerns of our recreational enthusiasts. The guidance titled “Agricultural Exceptions and Exemptions to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Hours of Service (HOS) and Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) Rules” and “Non-Business Related Transportation of Horses ” explain how published FMCSA guidance provides an ...
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National Forest Service Identifies Priority Areas for Trail Repair

The following is from the American Horse Council: February 20, 2018 National Forest Service Identifies “Priority Areas” for Trail Repair, Lawmakers to Expand Scope of RNR Act On February 16, the Department of Agriculture’s National Forest Service (NFS) unveiled a list of 15 trail areas that the agency is targeting for priority maintenance projects.  As you recall, the National Forest System Trails Stewardship Act (PL 114-245, aka, “Trails Act”), signed into law in late 2016, directs the NFS to take steps to reduce the backlog of federal maintenance projects by identifying those that are in most need of repair. The Trails Act outlines a detailed program including goals and timetables by which the Department of Agriculture (USDA) will leverage private partners ...
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AHC Meets With Department of Transportation

The following is from the American Horse Council: February 18, 2018 AHC Meets with Department of Transportation, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration The American Horse Council met with Department of Transportation (DOT), Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) Deputy Administrator and leadership team this week in response to a letter sent to Secretary Chao on January 28th, 2018. AHC staff went to DOT headquarters to raise the industry’s concerns and solicit clarification on how the existing regulations should be interpreted, and how those interpretations are affecting the horse industry. The AHC expressed the industry’s interest in an increased level of stakeholder outreach, the lack of uniform interpretations nationwide, the applicability of various exemptions already in place, and the appropriate avenues ...
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Join our Member’s Only Group

The following is from the American Horse Council: Join our Member's Only Facebook Group! As a member of the AHC, we know want you to stay up to date and informed of the issues that could impact the industry you love. That's why we created our Member's Only group on Facebook- a place where we can post information and updates and get our members immediate feedback.* In addition to the Washington Updates you receive, this is just one more way the AHC is working to keep our members informed and up-to date! Click below to join the group today! *Only current AHC members are eligible to join. All requests to join will be subject to verification by the AHC. Join AHC ...
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2019 Annual Meeting Location Survey

The following is from the American Horse Council: February 16, 2018 Help the AHC Pick the 2019 Annual Meeting Location The AHC is in the process of looking at hotels for our 2019 Annual Meeting and National Issues Forum and we want our member's opinion! Please take a moment to complete the survey at the link below. We would appreciate your response no later than Wednesday, February 21st. Thank you! Take the Survey ...
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