The Internal Revenue Service has issued the 2014 optional standard mileage rates used to calculate the deductible costs of operating an automobile for business, charitable, medical or moving purposes. Beginning on Jan. 1, 2014, the standard mileage rates for the use of a car (also vans, pickups or panel trucks) will be 56 cents per mile for business miles driven; 23.5 cents per mile driven for medical or moving purposes; and 14 cents per mile driven in service of charitable organizations. The business, medical, and moving expense rates decrease one-half cent from the 2013 rates. The charitable rate is based on statute.
Military Officers Association of America said the one percent annual reduction to uniformed service retired pay Cost of Living Adjustment could have disastrous unintended consequences. For those who retire at the 20 year point in their career, it will result in reducing retired pay by nearly 20 percent between the age at retirement and 62. “A 20 percent reduction in retired pay and survivor benefit values is a very substantial cut in military career benefits and does not represent good faith to our men and women in uniform,” MOAA president Vice Adm Norb Ryan said.
Major American Trade Show Organizers has become a council of International Association of Exhibitions and Events, Dallas. MATSO's 30 member organizations produce and manage 52 of the largest trade shows in North America - both association-owned and for-profit events that on average occupy more than 29 million net square feet of exhibit space. The combined revenues generated by these trade shows' exhibit space exceed one-half billion dollars annually.
According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers, companies plan to hire about 8 percent more new college grads from 2013 to 2014 than they did the previous year. The most in-demand college degrees are accounting, finance, engineering and business administration.
New York City Taxi & Limousine Commission has settled with the United Spinal Association, and will require 50 percent of New York City yellow cabs be accessible by the year 2020. The settlement requires that half of all new medallion taxis in the city be made wheelchair accessible until 50 percent of the entire fleet is accessible. The rule will go into effect before the end of the year and TLC will begin servicing the new wheelchair accessible cabs within two years. Currently, only a small fraction of cabs are accessible in New York City.
On a proposal in Congress to raise the Transportation Safety Administration aviation security tax, Global Business Travel Association executive director Michael W. McCormick said, “Instead of driving TSA efficiencies that curb spending, Congress’ solution is to double the amount travelers pay. Road warriors strengthen the economy, create jobs and drive economic security. Yet governments insist on treating travelers like their ATM. These types of punitive travel taxes will ultimately push business travelers to stay home, and we all pay when governments take a short-sighted approach that raises the costs for business travel.”
The Convention Industry Council, Alexandria, Va. is accepting nominations for its 2014 Hall of Leaders class. CIC is accepting nominations from either CIC member organizations or from the industry community. The deadline to submit a nomination is 5:00 PM EST on February 3, 2014, with supplemental material due by February 17th. The chosen recipients will be announced in the Spring of 2014, with an awards ceremony to follow later that year. For details or to submit a nomination, visit http://www.conventionindustry.org/HallofLeaders/2014HOLNominations.aspx.
North American Home Furnishings Association, Roseville, Calif., hired Grayling, a D.C. government relations company, as its lobbying firm, replacing long-term lobbyist John Satagaj, who is retiring.
Teri Orton, from a marketing VP, Outrigger Enterprises Group, to GM, Hawaii Convention Center, Honolulu, effective Jan. 1.
At Los Angeles Convention Center:
- Brad Gessner to GM. He will continue to serve as the company’s convention centers VP for AEG, which manages the center.
- Ellen Schwartz, from senior director, Long Beach Convention & Entertainment Center, to sales & marketing VP
- Carisa Malanum, from client services director, Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board, to event services VP.
CMA Association Management, Princeton, N.J., was a finalist for the 2013 NJBIZ Business of the Year award, 1-50 employee category. “This is a proud honor for CMA and we certainly share this recognition with each of our association clients,” CMA CEO Jeffrey Barnhart said. Details: www.ThinkCMA.com.
Association and Society Management International recently was awarded accreditation by AMC Institute. ASMI is owned by Harry W. Buzzerd Jr., CAE. He has managed associations since 1964.