New York--Jewelers of America is hosting a dinner and legislative forum next month in the nation’s capital that is open to both members and non-members.

The event is scheduled to take place on June 20 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Army & Navy Club in Washington, D.C.

Led by Haake Fetzer, the D.C.-based firm that acts as JA’s legislative counsel, the town hall-style session will cover the laws and regulations that affect jewelry businesses.

These include the recently reintroduced legislation that would force e-tailers to charge and collect sales tax in all states, and the proposed Border Adjustment Tax, which JA has spoken out against, arguing that a 20 percent tax hike on all imported goods would be detrimental to the jewelry industry.

“For more than two decades, JA has been the jewelry industry’s voice in D.C. fighting for sales tax fairness and other important key legislative issues,” said JA President & CEO David J. Bonaparte. “We’re inviting jewelers to hear first-hand about our efforts, ask questions and share their own experiences. Now is an essential time to be active and aware of the regulations that directly impact our industry.”

Those who purchase tickets to the legislative forum by the end of today (May 26) will pay $100, which includes the dinner, cocktails and the forum. After May 26, the price goes up to $150.

Sponsored by Jewelers Mutual Insurance Company and the Richline Group, the event is part of JA’s seventh annual trip to Washington. Members of the jewelry trade association have made the trek to D.C. each year since 2011 to meet with lawmakers about issues that impact the jewelry industry, like internet sales tax and the elimination of the estate tax.

For more information or to purchase tickets to the dinner and legislative forum, visit the Jewelers of America website.

National Jeweler is a for-profit subsidiary of Jewelers of America, though the two organizations act independently of each other.

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