ACA Public Policy Focus

As the voice for ACA members and many American angel investors, ACA advocates for legislative and regulatory policies that catalyze angel investments in the entrepreneurial startups that create jobs and fuel innovation.

Priority Issues in 2018 (see our one-page description of these here):

  • 99 Investor Problem - Solved - Small angel funds and online syndicates may now have 250 investors, instead of the old 99.
  • Demo Day Exemption - The HALOS Act would allow companies presenting at "demo days" would not be "generally soliciting" their offerings, and would not have to take additional steps to verify investors are accredited.
  • Accredited Investor Definition - Ensure the pool of accredited investors continues with SEC financial thresholds, and consider increasing the pool by qualifying via education and/or experience.
  • Capital Gains Tax Exemption - Enhance the 100% exemption on gains in Qualified Small Business Stock, with mostly technical fixes.
  • Delay Taxing Stock Options - 2018 tax reform bills would have made stock options moot for many startup employees, but ACA was part of the coalition which allows employees to pay tax on private company equity grants in five years.
  • Safe Harbor for Net Operating Losses - Allow new companies to take advantage of NOLs in each round of equity funding they receive.
  • State Tax Benefits - Catalyze investments in early-stage companies at the state level, with angel tax credits and other helpful programs.  See state-by-state list here.

Key Resources:

  • One-Page Summary of ACA's Policy Priorities in 2018 - Covers each of the priority policy areas above (for the lay person).
  • Grassroots Toolkit - How to talk with Members of Congress in their districts and states
  • ACA Congressional Briefing - Leave-behind materials for Congressional meetings, including what angels do, the impact of angels and the startups we invest in, and key policy issues.
  • Public Policy Advisory Council - Key attorneys who advise ACA on public policy issues of importance to ACA's membership and portfolio companies.
  • State Tax Credits - Catalyze investments in early-stage companies at the state level, with angel tax credits and other helpful programs.  See state-by-state list here.