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America Outdoors Association

September 30, 2010

America Outdoors Association Bulletin

Coast Guard Authorization Passes without New Taxing Authority. We Won!

Boost Your Bottom Line with Small Business Tax Breaks Just Signed into Law

Latest Round of Health Care Reform Took Affect Earlier in September

BLM Organizing Disabled Veterans Access Forum in Denver for Federal Agencies

AOA Conference Program to Feature Strategies to Improve Mobile Search Rankings


We scored a major victory last night when the Coast Guard Authorization Act was passed without the new taxing authority on goods and services delivered by vessels on waterways under federal authority.  A conference between the House and Senate led to elimination of the provision in the final bill. The provision to provide state and local governments with the authority to tax goods and services delivered by vessels on waters “under federal authority” had been included in the House version of the legislation but it was not in the Senate version.  AOA made elimination of this provision one of its top priorities for 2010.  WE WON!

See the note below from a Senate staffer involved in the negotiations:  “I just wanted to let you know that the Coast Guard bill passed both House and Senate last night and is on its way to be signed into law by the President.  We ensured the section you were concerned (Sec. 301 of HR 3619fin) about was NOT in the final bill, so you are in the clear.”  Note: there is a Sec. 301 in the bill but it does not relate to taxes.

Thanks to all of you who worked so hard to stop this ill-advised provision from becoming law.  Special thanks to our allies among the fishing guide community in Maine and Florida and elsewhere who joined our coalition.

Boost Your Bottom Line with Small Business Tax Breaks Just Signed into Law

Two new tax breaks were signed into law after Congress passed the Small Business Jobs Act.

The legislation allows small businesses to write off $500,000 of capital expenditures in 2010 and 2011. This year's Section 179 expensing limit had been $250,000, and it was scheduled to drop to $25,000 next year. The bill also extends a bonus depreciation break that had been in effect in 2008 and 2009.  For a good overview of which equipment and other purchases qualify go to Section 179.org.

Another tax break passed for the self-employed allows the deduction of the cost of health premiums as a business expense when they calculate their 2010 self-employment tax. The inability to deduct these costs meant the self-employed paid a 15.3 percent tax on money that was spent on health insurance premiums.

Before taking advantage on any of these tax breaks, always consult with a qualified CPA with knowledge of the law.  A summary of the provision can be found here.

The bill provides money for community Banks to issue SBA Loans and has many other provisions.

Latest Round of Health Care Reform Benefits Took Affect Earlier in September

  • Insurers are required to provide coverage for all children who have preexisting conditions.  For adults, this provision will not take effect until 2014 unless you have group coverage.  For groups, pre-existing conditions have usually been covered when moving to another insurer.
  • Insurers are now also prohibited from denying coverage to sick or costly customers with technical errors on their applications,
  • Insurance companies are prohibited from placing lifetime limits on benefits.

BLM Organizing Disabled Veterans Access Forum in Denver for Federal Agencies. You're Invited

BLM has organized a forum on Accessibility and Veterans' Access to Recreation on Public Lands." The Summit will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., on Friday, October 15, 2010, at the REI Flagship Store, 1416 Platte Street, Denver, Colorado. Lunch will be provided to participants on site for a small fee.

To participate contact Troy Brown, BLM, National Accessibility Lead - Troy_Brown@blm.gov, 202-912-7298.

The BLM will host the summit and is inviting interested individuals and organizations to participate, including:
Adaptive recreation providers
Utah and Colorado Departments of Veterans Affairs
U.S. Forest Service
National Park Service
Colorado State Parks
National interest organizations
Congressional Delegations

BLM states “this is a great opportunity to bring together diverse partners with a common interest in accommodating disabled veterans on America's public lands, especially in Colorado and Utah.”

AOA Conference Program to Feature Strategies to Improve Mobile Search Rankings

The “tsunami” of mobile search has arrived.  When travelers are on vacation or business travel, they are more likely to have a handheld phone or use a mobile device to search for leisure travel options.  You need to be there when their search goes “local”.

Local search is the ability to localize your internet marketing campaigns.  If someone is in your area and they use some form of search tool (typically a mobile/smart phone). They search for the product or service within a radius of their location. These people are very likely in the market for something RIGHT NOW. And you need to be visible to these people as they represent solid conversions and new customers.

Plan to attend: “SEO, Mobile, Local, Video -- Internet Marketing Tools for 2010” on Wednesday, December 8th.  Also, early registrations will have first shot at free, 15-minute website reviews established by appointment on a first come, first served basis.  To register, click Register.  

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