April 4, 2022
On Thursday, February 24, 2022, Russian forces invaded Ukraine, resulting in heavy civilian casualties and serious breaches of international law. In response, the United States and other Western governments have strongly condemned Russia’s actions and sanctioned Russian individuals and entities.  President Biden issued an Executive Order on March 11, 2022 (the “March 11 EO”), that, among other things, prohibited the importation of non-industrial diamonds from Russia to the U.S. The March 11 EO also bans U.S. citizens, lawful permanent residents, corporations, or any other person physically present in the U.S. from exporting, reexporting, selling, or supplying luxury goods such as watches and jewelry to anyone in Russia. These prohibitions apply to both direct and indirect transactions.
September 29, 2021
Lawmakers in the House were expected to vote this week on the Senate-passed $1.2 billion bipartisan infrastructure bill and the $3.5 trillion budget reconciliation bill, which Democrats are working to push forward as a key component of President Biden’s agenda. Adding to the already heightened drama, lawmakers are also facing a possible government shutdown with government funding scheduled to lapse after midnight on September 30.
April 9, 2021
Important Update: Since Jewelers of America first shared this news, the U.S. Treasury Department announced additional sanctions that target individuals and entities connected to the Myanmar Military Regime. The most recent sanctions, announced on April 8, 2021, target Myanma Gems Enterprise (MGE), a Burmese state-owned entity operating under the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation. MGE is a subdivision of the Ministry of Mines and oversees all of the official gemstone operations in the country.
November 10, 2020

The results of the 2020 Presidential and Congressional elections are in and the Jewelers of America Political Action Committee, JAPAC, had one of its most successful years yet.
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

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.

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