October 15, 2015
Dear Small Business Stakeholders,
Please see the update from the SBA Office of Advocacy. You can stay up-to-date on our office by reading our comment letters and reviewing our research. As always, we are seeking your input on current regulatory alerts and your participation in our regulatory roundtables. Please be in touch directly with the listed Advocacy contact for any questions or comments on these topics. Feel free to contact me with other questions or concerns.
——Elle Patout, Congressional Affairs and Public Relations Manager
NEW ADVOCACY RELEASES
The Small Business Advocate, September-October 2015
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New Blog Post: Conference Explores Women in STEM and Entrepreneurship
OPEN COMMENT PERIODS
EPA Issues Two Proposals to Further Reduce Emissions from Municipal Solid Waste Landfills
On August 14, 2015, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued two proposals to further reduce emissions of methane-rich gas from municipal solid waste (MSW) landfills. The first proposal makes last year’s proposal on new landfills more stringent. The second proposal would require states to tighten standards for existing landfills.
For more information, visit EPA’s website found here.
Submit comments here for new landfills and here for existing landfills by October 26, 2015.
Advocacy contact: David Rostker at 202-205-6966.
IRS Issues Proposal to Eliminate Automatic Filing Extensions
On August 12, 2015, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued proposed regulations that would eliminate the automatic extension of time to file information returns on forms in the W-2 series, effective for the 2017 filing series.
The IRS requires employers to report wage and salary information for employees on Form W-2. Currently, employers who file W-2 Forms can receive an automatic 30-day extension with the IRS. Then, a second 30-day extension may be requested. In the proposal, the IRS warns that it would grant a non-automatic extension only in limited cases involving extraordinary circumstances or catastrophe. The IRS requests comments on the appropriate timing to remove the automatic 30-day extension including whether special transitional considerations should be given.
Submit comments here by November 12, 2015.
Advocacy contact: Dillon Taylor at 202-401-9787.
EPA Proposes Changes to the Requirements for the Certification of Applicators for Restricted Use Pesticides
On August 24, 2015, EPA issued a proposed rule, “Pesticides; Certification of Pesticide Applicators.” This proposed rule would apply stricter standards to certified applicators of restricted-use pesticides by expanding competency standards, by adding certification requirements for certain high-risk application methods, and by requiring annual safety training for uncertified applicators. The proposal requires applicators to renew their certification every three years. The rule also establishes a first-time nationwide minimum age of 18 for certified applicators and for persons working under their direct supervision.
Submit comments here by November 23, 2015.
Advocacy contact: Tabby Waqar at 202-205-6790.
Office of Advocacy Environmental Roundtable
On Wednesday, October 28, 2015, Advocacy will host a Small Business Roundtable on two EPA topics: proposed changes to the certification of applicators of restricted-use pesticides and regulatory status and pending actions on medium-chain and long-chain chlorinated paraffins. Representatives from EPA’s Office of Pesticide Programs and Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics will provide a brief description of these new regulations and impending actions and answer questions.
Location: Small Business Administration Headquarters, 409 Third Street SW, Washington, DC 20416
Date & Time: Wednesday, October 28, 2015, 10 AM - 12 PM (EST)
RSVP: Tabby Waqar