August 8, 2019

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Jewelers of America ensures our members are the most informed on legislative issues that can affect jewelry businesses. In our latest Legislative Update, we update you on the latest movement on the Trump Administration’s trade war with China and how last year’s sales tax decision by the U.S. Supreme Court will affect jewelers at the state level and beyond.

November 9, 2018
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The results of the 2018 midterm Congressional elections are still coming in and Jewelers of America has prepared a summary of the major changes on Capitol Hill and what they could mean for key issues that affect jewelry businesses.
July 27, 2018
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) released the first significant update in 22 years to its Guides for the Jewelry, Precious Metals, and Pewter Industries on July 24, 2018. We’ve dissected the 46-page update and are highlighting the “big” changes within – from what defines a diamond to guidelines for composite gems.
July 3, 2018

In a landmark decision announced June 21, the United States Supreme Court took a major step toward sales tax fairness when it voted to overturn a 1992 judgement (Quill Corp v. North Dakota) that was creating an uneven playing field on sales taxation for traditional and online sellers by prohibiting states from collecting sales taxes from sellers that do not have a physical presence in-state, i.e. e-commerce businesses. While change may not be immediate, Jewelers of America offers an overview of the case and what’s to come so jewelers can begin to plan for how the ruling may impact their businesses.

June 26, 2018
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Asurion is a proud member of Jewelers of America. Last week JA’s political action committee, JAPAC, held its eighth annual legislation fly-in to Capitol Hill to speak with members of Congress on major issues affecting the jewelry industry. Asurion was fortunate enough to participate for a second time (I described last year’s visit here), and I appreciate this opportunity to share my observations of our experience on the Hill along with describing our advocacy with legislators and their staffs.
March 23, 2018
UPDATED March 23, 2018. Despite going down to the wire, 2017 turned out to be the year that Congressional Republicans and the Trump Administration pushed through historic tax reform. Will 2018 be a similarly historic year when it comes to sales tax fairness? Jewelers of America’s latest legislative report summarizes major developments -- both in Congress and the United States Supreme Court -- that could finally even the scales between brick-and-mortar and e-commerce sales tax.
December 27, 2017

As of December 14, Republicans in the House and Senate had reached a deal on a final tax reform package that reconciled differences in their respective versions of the "Tax Cuts and Jobs Act." The House and Senate voted on final passage December 20 and it was signed by the president on December 22. Here's a summary from JA’s legislative counsel, Haake Fetzer, of some of the key business-related provisions in the final version of the bill:

October 25, 2017
The fight for sales tax fairness between brick-and-mortar businesses and online sellers is a top advocacy agenda item for Jewelers of America. While we continue to push Congress to pass federal sales tax fairness, recent activity off Capitol Hill in the courts could finally tip the scales in the jewelry industry’s favor.
August 8, 2017
At the half-way mark, 2017 has proven to be a challenging year in Washington, D.C., with heightened debate and disagreement. Our latest update on Jewelers of America’s current legislative agenda looks ahead to the focus on tax reform and the provisions that could have the biggest impact on jewelers.
June 21, 2017
Asurion is a proud member of Jewelers of America. For the past seven years, JA’s political action committee, JAPAC, has held an annual legislative fly-in, visiting Capitol Hill and speaking with members of Congress whose actions directly affect the jewelry industry.Dan Deans met with his home-state Representative, Barbara Comstock (VA-10), during the JAPAC Fly-In
 
Asurion is a proud member of Jewelers of America. For the past seven years, JA’s political action committee, JAPAC, has held an annual legislative fly-in, visiting Capitol Hill and speaking with members of Congress whose actions directly affect the jewelry industry. This was the first year that Asurion participated, and we are very glad that we did. Before reviewing the day’s events, I want to share what I learned from participating directly in the forum:


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