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The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (the Act) was passed by the House and Senate and signed into law by President Trump at the end of 2017. The Act made significant changes to certain Internal Revenue Code (Code) provisions dealing with highly compensated employees. Among these are restrictions (in the form of excise taxes) on compensation of certain highly paid employees of “applicable tax-exempt organizations” (i.e., 501(c) organizations, political organizations, and farmers’ cooperatives as well as non-profit healthcare systems, hospitals, credit unions,federal, state, and local governmental entities with excludable income).