IRS Plans One Million Audits in 2015

Americans’ 2015 tax returns are due in to the Internal Revenue Service next Wednesday, April 15, so it seems timely to advise that the IRS earlier this month announced that they plan to undertake 1 million audits of tax returns.  IRS Commissioner John Koskinen made the announcement in a speech to the National Press Club…

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SBA Reviewing Franchise Loan Eligibility

The Small Business Administration, which last year alone guaranteed some $6 Billion in loans to franchisees, is reviewing their current franchise eligibility procedures with an eye on improving the process.  The SBA Loan Guarantee program has been criticized by some members of Congress who do not believe the government should be in the business of…

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New Department of Justice Policy on Bank Account Seizures

In what one might argue is positive news coming out of Washington, Attorney General Holder has announced new limits on the Department of Justice’s ability to seize assets of private businesses for suspected ‘structuring’ (manipulating cash deposits to under $10,000 to avoid IRS reporting requirements).  Under the new policy on asset forfeiture, assets will not…

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Virginia Governor “Bans the Box” and . . .

Virginia may be for lovers as the bumper stickers say, but it also got a lot better for those with criminal records last week as the Governor issued a so-called ban the box Executive Order governing all state employment applications.  Governor Terry McAuliffe signed Executive Order 41 on April 3 and it became effective immediately…

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Maine Governor Uses Veto Threat To Push Tax Reform

Maine Governor Paul LePage, arguably bringing tax reform initiatives to a new level, threatened to use his veto power on all legislation dealing with tax exemptions and tax breaks that the legislature sends him until such time as they take some kind of action on his own tax reform package that the Governor filed at…

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Upcoming Events

We are pleased to announce that DDIFO will be hosting our first meeting in the Virginia market on Tuesday, April 21 at the Four Points by Sheraton Richmond Airport.  The meeting will focus on important issues with the National Labor Relations Board and how Dunkin’ franchise owners can better prepare and protect themselves.  The meeting…

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Congratulations!

We want to congratulate DDIFO leader Rob Branca on his success as Chairman of the 2015 Multi-Unit Franchising Conference, just concluding today in Las Vegas.  The conference was a record-setter with the highest attendance and most exhibitors in the 15 year history of the conference.  Congrats, Rob!

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Obama Vetoes “Ambush Election” Fix

As had been expected, earlier this week, President Obama vetoed a bill sent him by Congress invoking the Congressional Review Act, whereby Congress expressed its disapproval of the “ambush election rules” from the National Labor Relations Board and through which it sought to rescind them.  The bill passed both branches with less than the 2/3…

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DOL Signals Increased Enforcement

US Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez testified before Congress a week ago on the DOL budget request and in so doing, gave an impression that there will be increased enforcement by his department on perceived wage and hour violations.  Aside from minimum wage issues, the Obama administration is increasing their focus on overtime pay.  During…

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White House Planning “Worker Summit” for Fall

As if the administration’s egregious actions regarding minimum wages, union elections, paid sick leave and joint employer rules weren’t enough mischief, the President, as he vetoed the “ambush election” fix (above), reiterated his intention to host a workers summit later this year, ostensibly to rally organized labor and other activists for more pro-union initiatives and…

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