Editorial Board   

Mr. Edwards

Brandon Edwards

President, Tax Credit Co.

Brandon Edwards is president of The Tax Credit Company (TCC), a leading independent national provider of tax incentive consulting, administration and technology. Mr. Edwards is an expert in high-value tax incentive programs including Enterprise Zones, National Hiring Incentives and Research & Development Tax Credits. He is passionate about maximizing tax incentive opportunities for clients and takes pride in delivering customer-focused solutions that unlock material value for clients. Mr. Edwards' expertise includes generation and utilization of tax incentives, audit defense, technology design and integration, business process design and automation, government relations and business development. Mr. Edwards is a speaker and instructor on tax incentive programs sponsored by government agencies, business groups, community organizations and accounting societies. He has represented his industry with testimony before members of the California State Senate. Mr. Edwards holds a bachelor's degree in economics from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Mr. Edwards can be contacted at 818-286-0338 or bedwards@taxcc.com

Coming up in September 2020...

Hotel Law: Protecting Guest Privacy

Every business is obligated to protect their customers from identity theft but unfortunately, data breaches have become all too common. In an effort to protect a guest's right to privacy and to safeguard their personal data, the European Union passed a General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) that could hold hotels legally liable for any breaches that expose a customer's sensitive personal information. Though the GDPR only pertains to EU citizens' data, any international business that mishandles their data can be legally responsible. Another legal issue of concern is the fight involving hotel "resort fees." Several states attorney generals have recently filed suit against two major hotel chains in an effort to litigate this practice. Their suit alleges that these companies are "engaged in deceptive and misleading pricing practices and their failure to disclose fees is in violation of consumer protection laws." The suit seeks to force the hotel chains to advertise the true price of their hotel rooms. There are several other legal issues that the industry is being forced to address. Sexual harassment prevention in the workplace is still top of mind for hotel employers-particularly in New York and California, which now statutorily require harassment training. Hotels and motels in California will also soon be required to train all their employees on human trafficking awareness. Immigration issues are also of major concern to hotel employers, especially in the midst of a severe labor shortage. The government is issuing fewer H2B visas for low-skilled workers, as well as J-1 visas for temporary workers. Though there is little hope for any comprehensive immigration reform, hotel lobbying groups are actively seeking legal remedies to alleviate this problem. These are just a few of the critical issues that the December issue of the Hotel Business Review will examine in the area of hotel law.