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February 18, 2011

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America Outdoors Association Bulletin

1099 Repeal Proposal Includes Exemption for Rental Property

President Obama’s America’s Great Outdoors Report Released

The AGO Report Cites Permitting Issues as a Concern

1099 Repeal Proposal Includes Exemption for Rental Property

Two versions of legislation to repeal the 1099 reporting requirement are headed to the House floor. A companion bill has been introduced in the Senate.  HR 705, introduced by Ways & Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp (R-MI), would repeal the health care law’s 1099 requirements along with the rental property 1099 requirement.  The 1099 requirement contained in last year’s small business lending bill requires owners of rental properties to file a 1099 for improvements valued at over $600 annually to their rental property. 

Rep. Dan Lungren’s (R-CA) HR 4, the Small Business Paperwork Mandate Elimination Act of 2011, was passed out of committee unanimously after minimal debate but does not include the rental property provision. The bill would completely repeal the 1099 reporting requirement contained in the new health care law.  The health care law expanded 1099 reporting to include filing for companies from which you purchase goods totaling more than $600 each year.  Previously, only certain services had to be reported.

President Obama’s America’s Great Outdoors Report Released

A bold agenda for The President’s initiative on America’s Great Outdoors (AGO) was released February 16th at an event at the White House.  Several areas pertinent to outfitters are summarized below.  You can find the full Executive Summary by clicking HERE. Note:  This is a very large file and will take a few moments to download.

Overall, the report deserves an “A” for effort since recreation has been on the back burner for most federal agencies for decades.  The AGO report gives outdoor recreation new standing at least within the Obama Administration.  Many of the recommendations hit on much needed agenda items.  There is some overlap with existing agency programs and foundations that would have to be sorted out to avoid creating more layers of bureaucracy.  Read More........

The AGO report cites permitting issues as a concern

Listening session participants observed that information about ‘what recreational activities are permitted where’ is often inaccessible or unclear. They said that permitting for recreational access is not consistent, and that if federal programs and resources were aligned and better targeted, the recreation benefits would be vastly improved. This issue will probably be addressed by a new Federal Interagency Council on Outdoor Recreation (FICOR).

Key tasks to accomplish in FICOR include:

  • Coordinate recreation management, access, and policies across multiple agencies to improve public enjoyment and recreational use of federal lands and waters.
  • Provide the public with reliable and up-to-date web-based information that is easily accessible with modern communication devices. Streamline and align policies and procedures among federal, state, local, tribal, and other recreation providers.
  • Improve the engagement of young people and their families in outdoor recreation through healthy, active lifestyles.
  • Target underserved and disadvantaged communities for both access to and engagement in the benefits of and opportunities for outdoor recreation.
  • Identify ways to improve access to our parks, refuges, and public lands for persons with disabilities.
  • Identify partners outside the federal government who can promote outdoor recreation and provide additional resources and access.

While the report cites problems with permitting recreation on private land and calls for streamlining agency regulations related to private land access, not much mention is made of the maze of regulations and processes confounding outfitter and guide permitting in some areas.

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