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Formaldehyde Emission Standards for Composite Wood—Proposed Rule about Technical Issues

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is publishing a proposed rule for public comment that addresses technical issues that stakeholders have raised to the Agency since the December 12, 2016 publication of the Formaldehyde Emission Standards for Composite Wood Products final rule.

This proposed rule addresses certain technical issues that, once amended, would further align the EPA TSCA Title VI final rule requirements with the California Air Resources Board (CARB) Airborne Toxic Control Measures (ATCM) Phase II program and addresses technical issues that would provide clarity on certain rule provisions. These include: 

  • Removing annual correlations between the Third-Party Certifiers (TPC’s) chamber and the mill quality control (QC) chamber;
  • Allowing equivalence on like size or similar model chambers at TPC lab and mill;
  • Averaging of emission test results from quarterly testing;
  • Establishing testing emission ranges;
  • Allowing for equivalence only if mill uses TPC to conduct all testing;
  • Updating correlational coefficients and “r” value alternatives;
  • Updating the notification of exceedance of quality control limit;
  • Updating NAF and ULEF exemption testing requirements;
  • Updating to the ISO 17025-2017 and 17011-2017 voluntary consensus standards;
  • Updating text in the non-complying lot provisions;
  • Clarifying that labels on compliant products are required at point of entry in the U.S.; and
  • Clarifying the June 1, 2018 “manufactured-by” date following the court ruling in 2017.

Visit EPA’s Formaldehyde Emission Standards for Composite Wood Products Web page to learn more about this proposed rule and read a prepublication copy of the Federal Register notice.

Upon publication of the Federal Register notice, EPA will take public comments on the proposed rule in docket EPA-HQ-OPPT-2018-0174 on www.regulations.gov for 30 days. EPA will consider all relevant comments to develop a final rule and an accompanying response to comments document.

Visit the EPA’s formaldehyde Web site for additional information on TSCA Title VI final rule.

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Cabinet Sales up 4.4% YOY for August 2018

According to the Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturers Association (KCMA)’s monthly Trend of Business Survey, participating cabinet manufacturers reported an increase in cabinet sales of 4.4% for August 2018 compared to the same month in 2017. Stock sales increased 5.1%; semi-custom sales increased 3.1%; and custom sales increased 6.2% compared to August 2017.

Compared to last month (July 2018), sales are up 8.3%.  Stock sales are up 8.4% compared to July; semi-custom increased 9.5%; and custom is up 4.2% after a large drop from June to July.Year to date cabinetry sales through August 2018 are up 1.8% according to participating manufacturers.  Stock sales are up 3.5%; semi-custom sales are down 0.5%; and custom sales are up 4.2% so far this year.

Survey participants include stock, semi-custom, and custom companies – companies that belong to KCMA represent combined sales of approximately 70% of the U.S. kitchen cabinet and bath vanity market. KCMA has been compiling and reporting industry sales data for more than forty years.

KCMA is the major trade association for kitchen cabinet and bath vanity manufacturers and key suppliers of goods and services to the industry.  KCMA has been compiling and reporting industry sales data for more than forty years. www.kcma.org

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New Study Examines Effects of Housing Market on Woodworking

A “Ninth Housing Market Survey” was just released on the impact of the housing market on woodworking.  The study examines product demand and price points, planned investments, a look ahead at the next three years and more.

The study is a joint effort by Virginia Tech, the U.S. Forest Service, and Woodworking Network/FDMC.

Visit Woodworking Network (free subscription) here.

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Business Management

New Standard Design-Assist Contract Document—First Industry Standard Document to Address Growing Practice

On September 28, the ConsensusDocs Coalition released the industry’s first standard contract document addressing design-assist. The ConsensusDocs 541 Design-Assist Addendum creates a contractual structure to better coordinate design professionals, construction managers, and subcontractors in developing and constructing design documents.

The range of services includes: constructability reviews before design completion; owner’s program review; recommended procurement of materials; prefabrication recommendations; cost estimating; integrated value analysis; design-build packaging; and coordinated milestone scheduling. The document tackles the difficult task of defining the range of design-assist services. Optional design-assist services are identified including life cycle cost analysis; risk analysis; sustainability; and production planning.  By gaining the early involvement of builders’ expertise and coordinating those efforts with design teams, greater project cohesion and efficiency is achieved.

Joe Leone, partner at Drewry Simmons Vornehm, LLP in Indiana, served as chair for the ConsensusDocs Coalition working group comments, “Design-assist is the most important development in the design and construction industry not addressed in a standard form contract document. Contractually isolating the efforts of architects and engineers and the expertise of constructors and trade contractors has proven detrimental to creating quality design documents that can be built on time and on budget. This first of its kind design-assist addendum, which brings all of the key project participants together in a collaborative environment, helps bridge this gap.”

This design-assist addendum coordinates with the recently released ConsensusDocs 305 Lean Construction Addendum by allowing users to opt into several Lean construction tools and processes. The Lean and design-assist Addendums work well together or independently.

ConsensusDocs standard construction contracts are the only contracts written and supported by a coalition of leading design and construction industry organizations that includes AWI. With a catalog of 100+ contract documents addressing all project delivery methods, ConsensusDocs contracts incorporate fair risk allocation and best practices to represent a project’s best interests. The Coalition’s organizations collectively represent hundreds of thousands of design professionals, owners, contractors, subcontractors, and sureties. For more information, please visit www.ConsensusDocs.org, call 866-925-DOCS (3627) or e-mail support@ConsensusDocs.org.

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It’s Your Life: How Life Insurance Can & Should Fit into Your Financial Plans

From Federated Insurance

Life insurance is something that you, as a business owner, frequently hear about. Everyone says you should have it, but is that really true? Has anyone ever explained why you need it or what it can do for you?

Personal Uses

  • Survivor income. Proceeds can help meet a family’s ongoing income needs after the death of a provider. These funds help the family maintain their lifestyle, pay off the mortgage, or help fund college educations.
  • Estate taxes and final expenses. With a current estate tax exclusion amount of $11.2 million per person, most individuals will not be subject to federal estate taxes. However, for those whose assets exceed the exclusion amount, a 40% federal estate tax will be due within nine months of the date of death. Additionally, 10 states impose an estate tax that may apply, even if the federal tax doesn’t. Expenses, such as final medical bills, funeral costs, and legal fees will also be due shortly after death. Life insurance can be a great way to ensure the funds are available to pay taxes and expenses without having to liquidate assets.
  • Estate equalization. If you want to pass specific assets to certain heirs (for example, your business to the child currently working for the company) and still treat other heirs fairly, life insurance proceeds can help to provide inheritances of similar value to everyone.
  • Lifetime access to funds when needed. Permanent life insurance policies have an additional benefit—a cash value that can be accessed by the policy owner during his or her lifetime. Taken as loans or withdrawals, these funds can be used for any purpose. Keep in mind that surrender charges may apply and the policy growth and/or death benefit can be affected.


Business Uses

  • Buy-sell agreements. As a business owner, you probably understand the importance of having a business succession plan. Yet, even the best plans can be derailed if the money to implement a buy-sell agreement is not there when needed. Life insurance proceeds are available almost immediately after the death of the insured owner. The owner’s family can receive the purchase price for the business interest up front, which can help avoid the need for payments over an extended period of time.
  • The loss of a key person. Whether it’s an owner or a valuable employee with specialized skills, the loss of a key person can be crushing to a business, and could jeopardize its continued success. The time and costs associated with finding, recruiting, and training someone new can be immense. A life insurance policy owned by and payable to the business can help protect against financial losses that may result from the death of a key employee.
  • Employees with special benefits. Life insurance can also play a role in employee retention by serving as the basis for a specialized benefit plan for select employees. Whether it’s owned by the business and the cash value is used to provide periodic bonuses under a private bonus plan, or owned personally by the employee and paid for through taxable bonuses from the company under an executive bonus plan, life insurance can be a cost-effective way to provide a unique benefit to your most valuable employees.


The cost of life insurance coverage is generally based on age, health, and lifestyle, and may vary significantly from one individual to the next. It will also vary depending on the size and type of policy. You can watch some true stories about life insurance at LifeHappens.com. Talk to your marketing representative for more information about how life insurance might benefit you, your family, and your business.

This article is for general information and risk prevention recommendations only and should not be considered legal coverage, financial, tax, or medical advice.  The information may be subject to regulations and restrictions in your state.  There is no guarantee following these recommendations will help reduce or eliminate losses.  The information is accurate as of its publication date and is subject to change.  Qualified counsel should be sought regarding questions specific to your circumstances. All rights reserved.

Federated Mutual Insurance Company / Federated Service Insurance Company (not licensed in the states of NH, NJ and VT) / Federated Life Insurance Company – www.federatedinsurance.com.

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Catch up on Marketing: 43 Things to Do during Downtime

For many small business owners, there are periods of brief lulls before business picks up again. Use the down time to catch up on some marketing activities you’ve been putting on the back burner.

The Small Business Administration (SBA) blog lists 43 things you can do during your downtime that can have a big impact on your business.

Learn more.

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October Is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month: Protect Your Business!

This month the Small Business Administration (SBA) is sharing tips and resources to help keep your small business safe. Protect your business today by creating a cybersecurity preparedness plan.

Visit the SBA Emergency Preparedness Web page for details.

The SBA Learning Center is another resource.  Learn how to identify the types of cyber threats and best practices to protect your business. Launch SMA’s free online course for an overview of cybersecurity tips for your business.

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Risk Management Corner: When Disaster Strikes

From Federated Insurance

The devastating results of the 2018 hurricanes and wildfires are still vivid in many of our minds. Disasters present themselves in many forms. A business’s ability to handle these disasters is critical not only to its future and success, but also to the success of the community. How will your business react to the challenges presented by a disaster?

If you and your employees are prepared for a disaster, the feeling of panic, confusion, and loss will not consume you if one strikes. Based on your Open for Business-EZ® game plan, a focused effort for restoring your business using the human and physical resources that you have available, will help get your business back up and running. Using the program’s 13-piece continuity plan, you will be able to identify and recover the essential functions of your business, sustain your revenue, and inform employees of their responsibilities.

Our recommended insurance carrier, Federated Insurance®, has partnered with the Institute for Business and Home Safety (IBHS) to reduce commercial and residential property losses associated with extreme weather events and natural disasters. Through IBHS www.disastersafety.org, Federated is making available many valuable resources related to disaster and recovery planning for you, your business, and your employees. These tools are being offered at no cost to association members as another benefit.


This article is for general information and risk prevention recommendations only and should not be considered legal, coverage, financial, tax, or medical advice. The information may be subject regulations and restrictions in your state.  There is no guarantee following these recommendations will help reduce or eliminate losses.  The information is accurate as of its publication date and is subject to change.  Qualified counsel should be sought regarding questions specific to your circumstances. © Federated Mutual Insurance Company.  All rights reserved.


Federated Mutual Insurance Company / Federated Service Insurance Company (not licensed in the states of NH, NJ and VT) / Federated Life Insurance Company – www.federatedinsurance.com

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Workforce Development

The MiLL Reports on 2018-2019 School Year: New Classes, New Instructors, More

The MiLL has announced changes at the start of its 2018-19 school year with new students and new staff. This year The MiLL they have increased classes: three CAB ½ classes, 3 CAB ¾ classes, 2 CAB ? classes, and 1 CAB ? class. The CAB ? group is the first graduating class of its Cabinet Making Curriculum. These students are hard at work learning high technology Cabinetmaking on the MiLL’s Vantech 480 CNC machine. Five construction classes level 1 through level 3 also meet in the building.

The MiLL also welcomed new staff members: John Stearns as Lead Instructor; Chet Miller now a full-time teacher; Patrick White has joined the staff to teach CAB ? class; and Katie Stearns is the front desk secretary.

“As we start this new year, we realize our need for volunteers, and really appreciate all they do for our kids. We would like to recognize one of our volunteers, Scott Dungan. Scott was a volunteer last year, and has jumped on board this year with over 200 hours of volunteer time already accrued this school year. Scott is an Army Veteran, serving our country 4 years with 3 tours. He first learned about our volunteer program through our Wounded Warriors open house, where heard about the mission of the MiLL from founder Dean Mattson and a couple of other guest speakers. Scott believed in the mission and wanted to get involved. He sees the need for bringing shop programs back in schools, and getting kids certified to work right out of High School,” according to The MiLL.

Pictured above, Scott Dungan works hands on with a student staining bookcases in The MiLL conference room.
Photo courtesy of The MiLL

For more information, visit www.themillco.org.

The MiLL stands for “Manufacturing Industry Learning Lab” a group effort dedicated to empowering the next generation of industry leaders. MiLL stands for “Manufacturing Industry Learning Lab” and we are located at the Peyton/Widefield Vocational Education Campus on 4450 Foreign Trade Zone Boulevard across from the Widefield School District’s Transportation Department. The MiLL initiative is comprised of school districts, professionals, and industry partners. The facility is located at the Peyton/Widefield Vocational Education Campus on 4450 Foreign Trade Zone Boulevard in Colorado Springs, CO, across from the Widefield School District’s Transportation Department. www.themillco.org

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Plan to Participate & Celebrate National Apprentice Week, November 12-18

Mark your calendars for November 12-18, 2018, to celebrate the fourth annual National Apprenticeship Week across the country. Join the movement by hosting an event or participating in an event near you!

National Apprenticeship Week (NAW) is a national celebration that offers leaders in business, labor, education, and other critical partners a chance to demonstrate their support for apprenticeship. NAW also gives apprenticeship sponsors the opportunity to showcase their programs, facilities, and apprentices in their community. The week-long event highlights the benefits of apprenticeship in preparing a highly-skilled workforce to meet the talent needs of employers across diverse industries.

There are many ways to participate in the National Apprenticeship Week movement. Examples include:

  • Apprentice Graduations
  • Business Open Houses
  • High School Career Fairs
  • Apprenticeship Signing Days
  • Skills Competitions
  • Industry Roundtable Events


Get ideas for participating from the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL). Register your event or find an event near you, and learn more here.

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Construction News

August Architecture Firm Billings Rebound as Building Investment Spurt Continues

Architecture firm billings rebounded solidly in August, posting their eleventh consecutive month of growth, according to a report released on September 19 by the American Institute of Architects (AIA).

AIA’s Architecture Billings Index (ABI) score for August was 54.2 compared to 50.7 in July (any score over 50 represents billings growth). Most of the growth continues to come from the South and the multi-family residential sector.

“Billings at architecture firms in the South continue to lead the healthy increase in design activity that we’ve seen across the profession in recent months,” said AIA Chief Economist Kermit Baker, Hon. AIA, PhD. “Nationally, growth across all building sectors remains solidly positive.”

Key ABI highlights for August include the following:

  • Regional averages: West (54.2), Midwest (52.5), South (57.0), Northeast (46.9)
  • Sector index breakdown: multi-family residential (55.6), institutional (52.3), commercial/industrial (53.6), mixed practice (51.7)
  • Project inquiries index: 58.0
  • Design contracts index: 49.6

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FMI Forecasts 2018 Construction Market Growth Rates

In its “Third Quarter FMI U.S. Construction Outlook,” the management consulting and investment banking services firm provides comparative forecast growth rates for a variety of engineering and construction markets.

Growth is expected to increase for such markets as single-family housing and lodging, while growth for the religious market is forecast to decline.  Find out more here.

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U.S. Secretary of Labor Touts Good News about Jobs

U.S. Department of Labor Secretary Acosta has been tweeting news about jobs that include the following statements in recent months:

All Employment

  • Number of Unemployed – Lowest since December 2000
  • Most New Hires Ever – 5.8 million
  • Record 7.1 Million Job Openings
  • Women Unemployment Rate – Lowest since 1953
  • Lowest since 1969 – 3.7% Unemployment Rate


Construction

  • 475,000 New Construction Jobs since November 2016
  • 23,000 New Construction Jobs in September 2018

To view Secretary Acosta’s tweets, click here.

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Green Scene

Product Content Declarations: “Green” Labeling Resources

Tracking content of products is complex.  Two organizations have formed a partnership to make product declaration labeling easier.  Learn how.

The International Living Future Institute’s (ILFI) Declare label is aimed at accurately declaring content, particularly any toxic chemicals. To enhance the product declaration process, ILIF has entered a partnership with Toxnot to simplify the process for manufacturers. “Toxnot is a software tool and chemical database that provides a standardized method for gathering material data, allowing manufacturers to track the chemical constituents in their products throughout their supply chains,” according to Green Building (free subscription)

Find out how it might work for your company here.

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Public Comment Period for National Green Building Standard 2020 Update Opened Sept. 28

As part of the development of the 2020 edition of the National Green Building Standard and in accordance with the ANSI consensus process, Home Innovation Research Labs commenced a 45-day public comment period for the Draft Standard on September 28, 2018. Home Innovation Research Labs, an ANSI Accredited Developer, is serving as secretariat, or administrator, of the standard development process.

A PDF version of the draft standard, which includes all changes that were approved by the Consensus Committee, as well as a web-based submittal form with instructions for submitting comments are both accessible from www.HomeInnovation.com/NGBS. Anyone interested is eligible to submit comments on all changes shown on the draft version in underline/strikethrough text. Only the changes are open for comment. The deadline for submitting comments is November 12, 2018.

As an ANSI-approved standard, the National Green Building Standard is subject to periodic review and updates as a way to ensure that advances in building codes, technology, and other developments can be considered for incorporation. Initiated in 2007 by the International Code Council and National Association of Home Builders, the 2008 National Green Building Standard was developed by a 42-member Consensus Committee and approved by the American National Standards Institute in January 2009, making it the first point-based rating system for green residential construction, remodeling, and land development to be approved by ANSI. The 2020 NGBS has an expanded scope that allows for the rating system to be applied to mix-use buildings where the residential portion is greater than 50 percent of gross floor area.

For additional information and all future updates on the 2020 NGBS development process, visit www.HomeInnovation.com/NGBS. Any questions regarding the public comment period or any part of the standards development process should be submitted via an online contact form.

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Sponsor News

Stiles Showcases Global Solutions for North American Manufacturers during European Technology Tour

From Stiles Machinery

During Stiles annual European Benchmarking Technology Tour, manufacturing professionals and leaders from across North America had the unique opportunity to experience behind-the-scenes tours of some of the most innovative, efficient, and productive manufacturing facilities in the world. The event, which took place September 22-29, 2018, gave participants the opportunity to benchmark their own operations against global leaders in Germany and the Czech Republic, giving them a competitive advantage in the marketplace and equipping them with valuable knowledge and tools that will affect the overall success of their companies for years to come.

The tour kicked off in the Czech Republic, where attendees were welcomed into a variety of facilities ranging from highly advanced, automated production, to smaller family-owned shops that depend on world-class technology to meet the standards of quality and craftsmanship which have been a hallmark of the area for generations.

Regardless of the size of the company, the common thread evident in each facility was a focus on technology and automation to meet rising consumer and customization demands. Participants experienced intelligent networked production systems that showcased innovative storage and retrieval technologies, batch size one capabilities, edge processing techniques, and finishing and packaging systems for a fully optimized production process from start to finish.


Photo courtesy of StilesMachinery
One of the tour highlights included a stop at HOMAG production facilities in Schopfloch, Germany (pictured above), where Mr. Andreas Denker, VP of sales and marketing for HOMAG shared the latest technology trends including software solutions, newly designed machines with intelligent features, and digital breakthroughs made possible with tapio, the world’s first IoT platform designed to support the entire value chain of the woodworking industry from the palm of your hand.

In addition to gaining a behind-the-scenes look at how global leaders are addressing challenges and opportunities within the industry, attendees also enjoyed cultural experiences throughout the weeklong event including medieval cities, historic market squares and the ever popular Volksfest fall celebration in Stuttgart, Germany.

For more information about Stiles’ European Benchmarking Technology Tour or to be the first to receive exclusive information and registration details for Stiles upcoming events, visit www.stilesmachinery.com/events.

Stiles Machinery, an AWI Supplier Member since 1996, is AWI’s Founding Sponsor. www.stilesmachinery.com

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Local Students Experience Modern Manufacturing at Stiles’ Manufacturing Day Event

From Stiles Machinery

On Friday, October 5, Stiles Machinery opened its doors to students from three local area high schools in celebration of Manufacturing Day, an annual nationwide event designed to inspire the next generation and offer them insights into what manufacturing looks like today and the many different career opportunities within the industry.

The event, which was hosted at Stiles headquarters and HOMAG Machinery North America in Grand Rapids, MI, was a huge success, with nearly 100 students attending from local high schools.

Students began the day with a tour of HOMAG Machinery North America, where they saw how German-engineered flat table CNC machines are built and assembled right here in the United States. From there, students made their way down the road to the Stiles Machinery headquarters where they experienced some of those same machines in action, as members of Stiles’ staff demonstrated how the machines are programmed and operated. Students then had the opportunity to take part in hands-on sanding and assembling of the processed parts from the CNC machine to build a children’s table and chair set, which will be donated to a local charity.

Photo courtesy of Stiles Machinery

Stiles Machinery, an AWI Supplier Member since 1996, is AWI’s Founding Sponsor. www.stilesmachinery.com

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Safety Matters

New Resources for Construction Safety

CPWR, The Center for Construction Research and Training, an OSHA Alliance program participant, recently launched six new safety resources for the construction industry:




  • An online network of construction safety and health experts and resources.

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Other Learning Forums

Free Nov. 13 ASA Webinar Examines Ways to Improve Communications between GCs & Subs

In the November 13 American Subcontractors Association (ASA) webinar, “The Soft Side of Scheduling: Improving Communications Between GCs and Subcontractors,” presenter Steve Groth, vice president, director of operations, Chiaramonte Construction, Washington, D.C., will examine ways to improve project management communication between GCs and subcontractors specifically as it relates to the project schedule from development to finalization and use during the project.

Chiaramonte Construction Company self-performs concrete, masonry, carpentry, insulation, doors/frames and hardware, drywall, plaster, acoustics and specialties trade work on projects in and around Washington, D.C. This webinar will take place from noon to 1:30 p.m. Eastern time.

Registration is complimentary for ASA members and nonmembers. Register online.

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Federal Scene

SBA Announces Decrease in Surety Bond Guarantee Fees

The U.S. Small Business Administration announced the first fee decrease in Surety Bond Guarantees in 12 years. The fee decrease will be in effect for guaranteed bonds approved during fiscal year 2019, taking effect October 1, 2018 and ending September 30, 2019.

The Surety Bond Guarantee program is reducing the Surety fee from 26% to 20% of the bond premium charged to the small businesses and reducing its contractor fee from $7.29 per thousand dollars of the contract amount to $6.00 per thousand dollars of the contract amount.

“Reducing the SBG program fees will not only directly help small businesses, but also will incentivize surety companies and their agents to increase support for small businesses in the marketplace,” said Peter C. Gibbs, Acting Director of the Office of Surety Guarantees.

Under its SBG program, the SBA guarantees bid, payment and performance bonds for small and emerging contractors who cannot obtain surety bonds through regular commercial channels.  SBA guarantees contracts up to $10 million, including the streamlined QuickApp application for those up to $400,000.

Currently, there are 34 participating sureties and over 350 active agents in the SBG program.  On average, completed surety bond applications are reviewed and processed in less than two days. The program is currently outperforming its previous year results yielding 27,000 jobs supported, 3,000 final bonds, and $1.7 billion in final bond contract amounts in fiscal year 2018.

For more information about this decrease or further assistance, contact Jermanne Perry, Senior Management Analyst, Office of Surety Guarantees, 202-401-8275; jermanne.perry@sba.gov, or your local SBA District Office.

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Tax Reform: Guidance on Business Expense Deductions

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently issued guidance on the business expense deduction for meals and entertainment following recent changes to the tax law. Under the new law, taxpayers can continue to deduct 50 percent of the cost of business meals if the taxpayer or an employee of the taxpayer is present and the food or beverages are not considered lavish or extravagant. The meals may be provided to a current or potential business customer, client, consultant or similar business contact.

Until the proposed regulations are effective, taxpayers can rely on guidance in Notice 2018-76.

 Updates on the implementation of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act are on the Tax Reform page of IRS.gov.

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New Employer Tax Credit for Paid Family & Medical Leave Available for 2018 and 2019

On September 24, the Internal Revenue Service announced that eligible employers who provide paid family and medical leave to their employees may qualify for a new business credit for tax years 2018 and 2019.

In addition, eligible employers who set up qualifying paid family leave programs or amend existing programs by December 31, 2018, will be eligible to claim the employer credit for paid family and medical leave, retroactive to the beginning of the employer’s 2018 tax year, for qualifying leave already provided.

In Notice 2018-71, posted today on IRS.gov, the IRS provided detailed guidance on the new credit in a question and answer format. The credit was enacted by the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA).

The notice clarifies how to calculate the credit including the application of special rules and limitations. Only paid family and medical leave provided to employees whose prior-year compensation was at or below a certain amount qualify for the credit. Generally, for tax year 2018, the employee’s 2017 compensation from the employer must have been $72,000 or less.

Updates on the implementation of the TCJA can be found on the Tax Reform page of IRS.gov.

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