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Lobbying Tax Deduction for 2018 NAHB Dues

Federal law states that taxpayers cannot deduct from their federal income taxes any portion of an association dues attributable to that association’s “lobbying activities” as an ordinary and necessary cost of doing business.

For 2018, NAHB estimates that the non-deductible portion of national dues—the portion that is applicable to lobbying—is 19%.

Read the full 2018 NAHB Lobby Percentage memo.

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2018 ICC Code Adoption Kits Now Available

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As states and jurisdictions prepare to upgrade to the latest building and energy codes released by the International Code Council (ICC), NAHB has already prepared resources so HBAs can suggest cost-effective changes to improve the just-released 2018 editions.

Sign in to to download the 2018 I-Codes Adoption Kit, which consists of three parts:

  • Significant changes that were made in the 2018 I-Codes from the 2015 editions
  • Cost impact of adopting the 2018 IRC to the 2015 edition (Here’s a hint: It’s good news)
  • NAHB-suggested amendments to improve the codes’ practicality and cost effectiveness

The ICC “model” codes are designed with the intent that they can be amended by the state or local jurisdiction to take into account local considerations, such as geography, climate and local practices.

NAHB has developed suggested amendments for both single-family builders and multifamily developers that may improve the model codes adopted in your jurisdiction.

Questions on the particulars? Call 800-368-5242 and reach the NAHB Construction, Codes and Standards staff on the following extensions:

  • Neil Burning, x8564. Vice President
  • Craig Drumheller, x8565. Director: Energy and Green
  • Gary Ehrlich, x8545. Director: Structural, Resilience
  • Dan Buuck, x8366. Senior Program Manager: Fire, Egress, Electrical
  • Don Surrena, x8574. Senior Program Manager: Plumbing, Mechanical, Fuel Gas
  • Cesar Lujan, x8303. Program Manager: Fire-resistant Construction, Accessibility,Use and Occupancy
  • Joel Martell, x8566. Program Manager: Energy and Green
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Senate Tax Reform Bill a Better Starting Point

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While NAHB still opposes the current House tax reform legislation, the Senate bill released last night represents a big step forward.

Unlike the House bill, the Senate package provides meaningful tax relief for small businesses and keeps the complete Low-Income Housing Tax Credit program in place.

However, NAHB believes that both the House and Senate bills fall short in maintaining an effective homeownership tax incentive.

NAHB will work with lawmakers to achieve this goal as the legislative process advances by urging senators to support an amendment on the Senate floor to create a homeownership tax credit.

Improvements in the Senate Bill


  • Keeps the mortgage interest deduction cap at $1 million. It is lowered to $500,000 in the House bill.
  • Retains the mortgage interest deduction for second homes. This tax benefit was eliminated in the House bill.
  • Maintains the student loan interest deduction; the House bill does not.


  • The Senate proposal, like the House bill, would retain the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit in its current form. But while the House proposes to eliminate private activity bonds (PABs), effectively abolishing 4% credits, the Senate bill would retain PABs. This is a major win for affordable housing.
  • Allows like-kind exchanges for real property; the House bill does, also.
  • Shortens the multifamily and commercial depreciation period to 25 years
  • Makes no change to carried interest; retained in the House bill as long as the asset is held for three years.


  • Provides a 17.4% deduction against business income for pass-throughs.
  • Recognizes the importance of the business interest deduction by allowing small firms with less than $15 million in gross receipts and, by election, any construction or development firm to retain this deduction.

A significant downside to the Senate bill: With the doubling of the standard deduction and elimination of the deduction of property taxes, the Senate package fails to provide sufficient middle-class housing incentives. Therefore, NAHB is still pursuing a plan that would provide a robust, broadly claimed homeownership tax credit that would help up to 37 million additional home ownerswho do not currently itemize.

Concerned members of the home building community can help by calling their Senators at 202-224-3121 and asking them to support adding a homeownership tax credit amendment to the tax bill when it hits the Senate floor.

For more information, contact J.P. Delmore at 800-368-5242 x 8412.

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October 2017 Newsletter

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October 2017 Associate Spotlight – Preston Studios

John Emery of Preston Studios has been a member of the HBCA of Brevard for over 10 years and in business for 41!

Preston Studios has a long history of creating one-of-a-kind original collectible works of art in stained glass. Most of the work by the studio continues the uniquely American tradition of placing art glass in the home as a lifestyle element, whether it be in lighting or in windows.

The majority of these original creations have been commissioned pieces, reflecting in some degree the tastes and desires of their owners. The studio continues to accept new commissions today.

John essentially taught himself as a hobbyist in stained glass, creating new and original designs in lamps from the very start.

For more information visit or Call 321-259-0044

October 2017 Builder Spotlight – Vintage Estate Homes

Vintage Estate Homes has been taking advantage of the HBCA membership and benefits since 2013.

The roots of the company trace back to 1983, when Howard Buescher, then a 23-year veteran of the home building business founded a new homebuilding company. His goal was to provide customers with superior homes at superior value, and the company focused on constructing homes with fine quality building materials and exquisite attention to detail.

Howard’s children quickly followed him into the business and today, a generation later, they are leading Vintage Estate Homes into the future. Vintage Estate Homes has earned a reputation for outstanding design and building lasting relationships with our customers.

For more information visit

Chili Cook Off Results and Pictures

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The 1st Annual Trade Show & Chili Cook Off presented by the Home Builders and Contractors Association and sponsored by Shelter Mortgage Company was a huge success! Proceeds benefited Habitat for Humanity of Brevard.
A special thanks goes out to the SMC Committee members, Tina Suiter of Holiday Builders for providing live music, and to all of the vendors who helped make this event a success.
DiPrima Construction Corp.
Holiday Builders
Joyal Homes
Maronda Homes
Cabinet Designs of Central Florida
Caliber Home Loans
Christensen Financial Inc.
Digital Graphics
Ferguson Enterprises
Omni Resource Group
PIP Printing
Prime Lending
Proforma Arrow Solutions
ProSource of Brevard
Richard’s Paint Manufacturing
Sea Turtle Real Estate
Shelter Mortgage Company
Chili Masters are as follows:
BEST RED: Sea Turtle Real Estate
Runner Up: Holiday Builders -Ragin Cagin
BEST WHITE: Joyal Homes
Runner Up: Omni Resource Group
PEOPLE’S CHOICE: Holiday Builders -Ragin Cagin
Chili was judges by the following Local Experts:
Suzy Fleming Leonard, Florida Today Food Editor
Matt Nugnes, Owner of Matt’s Casbah
Keith Winsten, Executive Director of the Brevard Zoo
Linda Jeffreys Scholle, Brevard County Schools

September 2017 Associate Spotlight – Sams Gas

Sams Gas Co recently joined the HBCA of Brevard in June of 2017 as they are expanding into the Space Coast area. Family owned and operated since 1964, Sams Gas Co can service all of your gas needs from custom homes to gas lines, kitchen-cooking and everything in between.

“If gas flows through it we can do it!”

For more information contact Sams Gas Co at 407-855-1903 or visit

September 2017 Builder Spotlight – Brothers and Son Construction

Brothers and Son Construction Inc. joined the HBCA back in 2006 to take advantage of the many benefits to include continuing education, insurance and networking.

Member Robert Brothers is a general contractor with a proven track record of more than a decade of serving Brevard County and the State of Florida’s construction needs.

Bothers and Son Construction Inc. grew from a small handyman business to a general contractor dealing in large commercial projects with no advertising thanks to their wonderful customers and word of mouth.

Brothers and Son Construction specializes in turning dreams into reality no matter how big, small, difficult or unusual. As they say, “You Dream It, We Build It.”

For more information

Call 321-508-4809

September 2017 Newsletter

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