New Products Now Excluded from Chinese Tariffs

Over the past two months, the U.S. Trade Representative has made several announcements regarding exclusions from tariffs for some products from China. New exclusions announced on March 26, 2020 include outdoor gas fire pits enclosed in stone (specifically, “Outdoor tables of artificial stone, each measuring no more than 93 cm by 93 cm by 63 … Continue reading New Products Now Excluded from Chinese Tariffs

Donation of Remaining Step 1 Wood Heaters and Parts for Tax Deduction

With the Step 2 effective date quickly approaching, it can be expected that businesses will have some Step 1 stoves left in their inventory. To address this, HPBA reached out to and received official word from EPA that a simple donation program could be set up with qualifying non-profit organizations. These approved non-profit organizations will … Continue reading Donation of Remaining Step 1 Wood Heaters and Parts for Tax Deduction

Sell Through for Step 1 Products: NOT a Done Deal

Rachel Feinstein, Senior Manager – Government Affairs, HPBA We initially believed EPA was considering a Direct Final Rule to extend the sell-through for 60 days immediately after May 15, 2020. Based on more recent reports, it appears that EPA is instead publishing a Proposed Rule (which is at the Office of Management and Budget right … Continue reading Sell Through for Step 1 Products: NOT a Done Deal

HPBA COVID-19 Update

As always, these resources and more can be found on our website at https://www.hpba.org/coronavirus. New Paycheck Protection Program Guidance from SBA The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) relaunched yesterday at 10:30 AM. Ahead of the rollout, the Small Business Administration (SBA) released new resources for businesses applying for loans under this second tranche of program funding.This … Continue reading HPBA COVID-19 Update

COVID-19: Which states will face immediate budget issues?

States, without question, will face significant fiscal challenges as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Rhode Island General Treasurer Seth Magaziner warns that his state is “weeks, not months” away from running out of money. California Governor Gavin Newsom (D) says the pandemic could wipe out the state’s $21 billion surplus. Similarly, a recent study in … Continue reading COVID-19: Which states will face immediate budget issues?

Urge Congress to Provide Step 1 Sell Through Period in COVID-19 Relief Package

The U.S. Congress has been working on multiple pieces of legislation that would provide relief to Americans in the wake of impacts by the coronavirus (COVID-19). So far, enacted legislation has addressed general small business concerns and tax policy, but not industry-specific relief. The EPA’s Step 2 deadline of May 15, 2020 still stands, regardless … Continue reading Urge Congress to Provide Step 1 Sell Through Period in COVID-19 Relief Package

EPA Denies Sell Through in Final Rule; Coronavirus Impacts

HPBA received news last week —just prior to the opening of the 2020 HPBExpo – that EPA’s Final Rule addressing sell-through was finalized and made available online. To our great disappointment, the Final Rule does not include sell-through for any covered product category. Read hpba's press release Coronavirus COVID-19 Impacts HPBA is aware of the … Continue reading EPA Denies Sell Through in Final Rule; Coronavirus Impacts

Stoves to Homes Initiative: An Alternative for Step 1 Stoves

With the May 15, 2020 deadline to sell Step 1 products fast approaching, HPBA remains committed to the fight to obtain some form of sell-through relief. EPA has yet to make a decision on this issue, but the delay has not been encouraging. As we advocate for sell-through, we have been warning HPBA members to … Continue reading Stoves to Homes Initiative: An Alternative for Step 1 Stoves

Promoting the Biomass Stove Tax Credit

As you know, the biomass stove tax credit of $300 was extended for purchases made since January 1, 2018 until December 31, 2020. Tax forms are now updated, and tax preparation software should also reflect the extension of this credit. Download our quick reference one-pager on what consumers need to know. Visit HPBA's website for … Continue reading Promoting the Biomass Stove Tax Credit

New U.S. Federal Law Impacts Licensing for Spouses of Military Personnel

A new law was enacted recently that impacts a small group of Americans: spouses of military personnel who have an occupational license whose spouse is relocated due to a permanent change of duty station to another state. Over 34 percent of military spouses work in fields that require a state license in order to practice. … Continue reading New U.S. Federal Law Impacts Licensing for Spouses of Military Personnel