The Latest Buzz on the Legal Landscape

The Latest Buzz on the Legal Landscape

As you go about your business, it also helps to stay apprised of what’s on the legal horizon so you can start thinking about what a new or updated law may mean to you and what you may need to do to ensure compliance.

Nutrition & Allergy Label Transparency

The U.S. Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) is in the midst of exploring mandatory disclosure rules to include nutritional information, ingredients, alcohol content, and major allergens on all cans and bottles.

In February and March, the TTB held listening sessions and collected public comments from brewers, winemakers, distillers, drinkers, and the general public as it considers whether alcoholic drinks should be labeled with the same nutritional information as other foods and beverages. This includes calories, carbs, fat, protein, and more, along with allergen information.

Small breweries and wineries are arguing against the requirement due to the burden of having annual lab tests; potential delays in label approvals and bringing products to market; and related revenue implications. In lieu of printing, some are advocating to follow the European Union’s lead of using QR codes to link to nutritional information. Proposed rules are expected to be introduced this year and, if adopted, a multi-year implementation will likely ensue.


The Creating Hospitality Economic Enhancement for Restaurants and Servers (CHEERS) Act was introduced to help restaurants, bars, and other businesses operating draft beer systems. The Act provides incentives to expand tap lines and keg equipment in commercial establishments, and to do so with energy efficiency top of mind.

With the backing of numerous industry groups, the CHEERS Act passed the U.S. House of Representatives in March and is now moving to the U.S. Senate for consideration. If all goes well, tax incentives for qualifying investments in energy-efficient systems will be expanded to include keg, tap, and draft line property. This could translate into significant savings for business owners and a boost for the environment.

Bubble Tax Modernization Act

In mid-January, the Bubble Tax Modernization Act was introduced to Congress with the goal of amending a carbonization tax disparity for lower alcohol cider, mead, and wine made with fruit.

Thanks to the Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act, low-ABV carbonated grape wines are taxed at $1.07 a gallon. There is no carbonization tax on fruited beers, seltzers, and ready-to-drink cocktails. However, low-ABV fruit wine, cider, and mead have been left out of carbonation and tax advantages. The Bubble Tax Modernization Act seeks to level the playing field.


Since the start of the year, a number of people-related laws have taken effect, impacting employers across industries. Changes impact interviewing and hiring practices, overtime rules, minimum wage, independent contractor rules, paid breast milk expression breaks and prenatal leave, pregnant workers fairness, and non-compete agreements. If you need assistance developing or executing an implementation plan to promote compliance, Visions Human Resource Services – an RBT CPAs affiliate – is available to help. Contact a client manager at or call 845-567-3978 for more information.


And, as always, if your organization needs any accounting, audit, tax, or advisory services, you can continue to count on RBT CPAs to do the job professionally, ethically, on time and within budget. Get in touch so we can show you how we can be Remarkably Better Together.

Please Note! Visions Human Resource Services – a wholly owned subsidiary of RBT CPAs, LLP – and RBT CPAs, LLP are not law firms. Nothing in this article should be construed as legal advice. Should you need legal advice, contact your legal counsel. 


RBT CPAs is proud to say 100% of its work is prepared in America. Our company does not offshore work, so you always know who is handling your confidential financial data. 

An Overview of Recertification Reviews

An Overview of Recertification Reviews

In April, HUD issued the 2024 income limits for HUD programs and Low-Income Housing Tax Credit Property, as well as an individual Fair Market Rent annual increase and income limit cap of 10%. As you become acquainted with the new limits, it’s also a good idea to review recertification requirements to ensure compliance.

Recertification helps protect the interests of property owners, tenants, and public housing programs by promoting fairness, transparency, and sustainability. To ensure an eligible household receives the appropriate level of assistance, a recertification takes place every 12 months. It involves a review of income, assets, expenses, and family composition.

For multi-family housing programs, owners are responsible for facilitating annual recertification; reviewing and verifying tenant information, and adjusting assistance payments or rent as required. For the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program, overall responsibility for recertification rests with the local Public Housing Authority (PHA). Owners and tenants are responsible for providing timely information as required.

In addition to annual recertifications, there are interim recertifications. These occur to help adjust rent and subsidy amounts quickly if there’s a sudden change in income or household composition. So, if a tenant loses or gets a job, work hours are reduced, a tenant is injured and their ability to work is impacted, or a household member is added or removed, an interim recertification can occur.

Per the Housing Opportunity Through Modernization Act (HOTMA), owners must have policies detailing when a household must report a family income or compensation change. Any resulting interim recertification should occur within 30 days of an income decrease.

PHAs may consider establishing a checklist for Tenant Relations Assistants to ensure all recertification compliance requirements are met. The checklist should be signed or initialed by the representative and kept in the tenant’s file, serving as documentation that all compliance requirements were verified for the tenant.

Other ways to help promote compliance include conducting regular training on HUD requirements; conducting internal audits to review recertification processes and fix issues before they escalate; and considering whether compliance software can help manage recertifications by issuing alerts for upcoming recertifications, tracking key dates, automating calculations, and more.

Should you need assistance or have questions about conducting an internal audit of the recertification process, RBT CPAs can help. We can also support your accounting, tax, audit, and advisory needs. To learn how we can be better together, give us a call today.

RBT CPAs is proud to say 100% of its work is prepared in America. Our company does not offshore work, so you always know who is handling your confidential financial data.


Please Note: RBT CPAs is an accounting, audit, tax, and advisory services firm. Should you need legal advice on the recertification process, it is in your best interest to contact legal counsel.