Joe Smith | July 29, 2019
Over the past several years, banks and other financial institutions have increasingly directed their Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) and Anti-Money Laundering (AML) due-diligence efforts toward cash-intensive businesses that have a heightened level of risk of becoming a party to money laundering or terrorist financing activities – whether intentionally or unwittingly. Often, gaming enterprises are the focus of this attention. These due-diligence efforts have in some cases resulted in financial institutions opting not to do business with casinos. Read more. Read More
James Ortiz | October 9, 2018
In its decision on South Dakota v. Wayfair on June 21, 2018, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned a 1992 precedent that excused out-of-state retailers from collecting and remitting state sales tax when selling products to residents of a state. The seller was only required to collect sales tax if they had a physical presence such as a brick-and-mortar store or an employee within the buyer’s state legal boundaries.
With the recent ruling, physical presence is no longer required for a state to impose a sales tax on sellers, and states stand to collect potentially billions of dollars in sales taxes from remote sellers. While states aim to maximize a potential windfall of new tax revenue, tribes should be exploring the impact on their sales tax collection. Read more. Read More
Corrine Wilson | September 24, 2018
On September 6, the Senate passed H.R. 6124, the Tribal Social Security Fairness Act of 2018. The bill, which amends Title II of the Social Security Act, was passed by both the House and Senate by unanimous consent in identical form. It was presented to the President on September 12 and signed into law on September 20.
Currently, tribal council members are not allowed to pay into the Social Security program, but state and local government officials are. The Act corrects this by allowing tribal governments to opt in to agreements that provide Social Security coverage (including Old Age, Survivors, and Disability Insurance benefits) to council members. Read more. Read More
Alliance Benefit Group Southwest | June 19, 2018
Congratulations! You are now in charge of your tribal organization’s retirement plan. Of course, you want to do the right things to run your plan, but you may need guidance to determine what the right things are.
Please join us for three upcoming webinars that we’ve designed to cover the day-to-day operation of tribal retirement plans. You’ll learn about the many issues that plan providers encounter – and more importantly, how to tackle them. Read more. Read More