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U.S. House Approves Amendment To Limit D.C.'s Enforcement Of Local Gun Restrictions PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Thursday, 17 July 2014 14:14

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - If the Republican-controlled U.S. House of Representatives prevails, District of Columbia officials will lose their power to enforce the district's very strict gun laws. 

 
House members approved an amendment that would make federal law the prevailing authority in the area and prevent local officials from spending money enforcing local law. 
 
The U.S. Senate must concur in order for the change to take effect. Democrats control the Senate, making concurrence unlikely. 
 
Last Updated on Thursday, 17 July 2014 14:14
 
National Taxpayer Advocate Identifies Priority Areas and Challenges In Mid-Year Report to Congress PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 16 July 2014 11:14

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - Amid questions over the Internal Revenue Service's targeting of some groups seeking tax exempt status, National Taxpayer Advocate Nina Olson has identied priority issues the Taxpayer Advocate Service (TAS) will address during the upcoming fiscal year. 

 
The report is mandated by Congress.
 
In it, Olson emphasizes the importance of taking concrete steps to give meaning to the recently adopted Taxpayer Bill of Rights, issuing refunds to victims of return preparer fraud, continuing to make improvements in the Exempt Organizations area and expanding the recently announced voluntary return preparer certification program to include competency testing. 
 
 
The report praises the IRS for implementing the Advocate’s longstanding recommendation to adopt a Taxpayer Bill of Rights. In addition, “the IRS ran a generally successful filing season (although taxpayer services were sub-optimal largely due to staffing limitations), instituted a more equitable approach to its Offshore Voluntary Disclosure initiative, and introduced a voluntary system for educating unenrolled return preparers,” Olson wrote in a preface to the report. “All this is generally good news. But as we note in the report, the good news also raises additional questions and concerns.”
 
The entire report can be found at 
http://www.irs.gov/uac/Newsroom/National-Taxpayer-Advocate-Identifies-Priority-Areas-and-Challenges-in-Mid-Year-Report-to-Congress
 
Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 July 2014 11:14
 
Retiring Congressman Howard Coble Introduces Final Major Bill PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 14 July 2014 10:23

 

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - With just six months left before he retires from three decades of congressional service to North Carolina's sixth district, Rep. Howard Coble has authored the Satellite Television Access Reauthorization Act of 2014 (H.R. 5036). 
 
Coble is chairman of the House Judiciary subcommittee that has jurisdiction over the nation’s television industry.  
 
The bill extends the expiring provisions of current law that governs satellite companies’ ability to retransmit broadcast television signals.  
 
Three statutory licenses enable copyrighted video content to be made available without permission. One will expire on December 31, 2014, unless renewed by Congress.  
 
“This extension will implement no change to the existing licenses," Coble said in a statement. "I, along with my satellite viewing constituents, look forward to seeing its quick enactment, and I hope passage of the bill will be a fitting cap to my tenure as chairman of this important subcommittee.”
 
 
Bureau Of Economic Analysis: May 2014 Exports Total $195 Billion, Imports Total $44.4 Billion PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 11 July 2014 09:39

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - The federal government reports that May 2014 economic data shows a goods and services deficit of $44.4 billion, down from $47 billion in April. 

 
The deficit was derived from Department of Commerce data showing $195.5 billion in imports and $239.8 billion in exports, according to 
 
May exports were $2.0 billion more than April exports of $193.5 billion. May imports were $0.7 billion less than April imports of $240.5 billion, the report said.
 
In addition, the goods deficit decreased $2.4 billion from April to $63.3 billion, and the services surplus increased $0.3 billion from April to $18.9 billion. Exports of goods increased $1.6 billion to $136.7 billion, and imports of goods decreased $0.7 billion to $200.0 billion. 
 
The full report can be found at http://www.census.gov/foreign-trade/Press-Release/2014pr/05/ft900.pdf
Last Updated on Friday, 11 July 2014 09:41
 
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