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Treasury, IRS to Release Regulations on SALT Workarounds

Filed in Codes and Regulations by on May 23, 2018 0 Comments
Treasury, IRS to Release Regulations on SALT Workarounds

The Department of Treasury and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) have released Notice 2018-54, which announces their intention to propose regulations addressing state legislative proposals that create a workaround for the newly imposed limits to the state and local tax deduction. In plain language, the IRS is warning taxpayers that just because the state law permits them, it does not make the workaround deductible under federal tax law.

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Supreme Court Backs Employers to Uphold Class-Action Waivers

Supreme Court Backs Employers to Uphold Class-Action Waivers

The U.S. Supreme Court on May 21 issued a 5-4 ruling that upheld class-action waivers in arbitration agreements. The decision essentially provides employers the right to insist that labor disputes get resolved on an individual basis instead of allowing workers to band together in class-action lawsuits.

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April New Home Sales Inch Down 1.5%, Stay Close to Post-Recession High

Filed in Home Building, Multifamily by on May 23, 2018 0 Comments
April New Home Sales Inch Down 1.5%, Stay Close to Post-Recession High

Sales of newly built, single-family homes edged down 1.5% in April to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 662,000 units after a downwardly revised March report, according to newly released data from HUD and the Census Bureau.

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5 Reasons Young Professionals Belong at IBS 2019

Filed in International Builders' Show, Membership by on May 22, 2018 0 Comments
5 Reasons Young Professionals Belong at IBS 2019

NAHB members between the ages of 21-35 have just a couple more weeks to apply for the 2019 International Builders’ Show Scholarship Program. Some of the 2018 recipients explain why attending the Show is such an important career decision.

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Stay Safe Near Power Lines

Stay Safe Near Power Lines

May is National Electrical Safety Month, which means it’s time for builders to turn their attention straight up to the power lines that may be near your jobsite. In 2016, 53% of all fatal electrical injuries occurred in the construction industry, according to the, although the figures are not broken down between residential and commercial construction.

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FloodSmart.gov is Back in Business

Filed in Codes and Regulations, Disaster Response by on May 21, 2018 0 Comments
FloodSmart.gov is Back in Business

For many years, FloodSmart.gov was a resource for residents, business owners, floodplain managers and others interested learning more about the National Flood Insurance Program. But FEMA was forced to deactivate it shortly after the site experienced security issues in late 2016. Now, it’s back — and even better than the original.

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Laundry Rooms: A New Design Frontier

Laundry Rooms: A New Design Frontier

All it takes is a quick look at Houzz to realize laundry rooms are becoming game changers. And depending on their market, home builders can promote their laundry rooms in ways that appeal to any number of different buyers.

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Voting Open Through May 23 on Building Code Proposals

Voting Open Through May 23 on Building Code Proposals

The voting is now open on 17 Assembly Floor Motions from the 2018 Group A Committee Action Hearings that took place in Columbus, Ohio April 15-23. All members of the International Code Council (ICC) can vote on the motions, meaning that any NAHB member who is also a member of the ICC is eligible.

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Aging-in-Place Remodeling on the Rise

Filed in Remodelers by on May 17, 2018 0 Comments

The growing number of home owners who want to live out their golden years in their current home is major driver in the continued growth of the NAHB Certified Aging in Place (CAPS) educational designation. A new NAHB survey shows why.

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Soundproofing for In-Home Media: The Basics

Filed in Design, Home Building, Multifamily by on May 16, 2018 0 Comments
Soundproofing for In-Home Media: The Basics

A dedicated home theater can make for a better viewing experience than a commercial theater, but only when the right forethought is given to sound isolation.

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