Shumaker Manufacturing

A Legal & Industry Review


Client Alert: Website Compliance with the ADA Emerging Threat of Litigation

“A common letter offers to negotiate “on an expedited basis” a settlement that requires a calculator to add up the costs.  The proposed relief includes conducting a needs assessment on the website, contracting with approved third-party web developers to conform the existing site to several “ADA accessibility standards,” monthly third-party testing and monitoring for extended periods (i.e. five years), and implementing new ADA accessibility policies and staff training.  And, of course, payment of “reasonable” attorney’s fees and costs.”

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“IRS Compliance Focus: The Excise Tax on Heavy Trucks”

There is no steering around the Federal Excise Tax (“FET”) on heavy trucks and trailers, and some companies are finding that out in the most unpleasant way possible – through an IRS audit. Similar to states’ sales taxes, the federal government imposes a 12% tax on the sale of trucks with a gross vehicle weight (“GVW”) above 33,000 pounds, trailers above 26,000 pounds, and tractors above 19,500 pounds. Continue reading