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Response to “Religious Liberty” Executive Order

Both the National Council of Nonprofits and Independent Sector released statements in response to President Trump's “Promoting Free Speech and Religious Liberty” Executive Order.
Posted on: May 5, 2017

The Importance of Nonpartisanship for the Charitable Nonprofit Sector

A statement regarding President Trump's promise to repeal the Johnson Amendment.
Posted on: February 21, 2017
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Federal Labor and OMB Regulations to Affect Nonprofits

Policy changes coming out of Washington, D.C., this spring are expected to affect the costs and operations of New Hampshire nonprofit organizations that have government grants and contracts. The policy changes involve the expected publication of the Labor Department's revised overtime regulations and potential revisions to the OMB Uniform Guidance affecting how nonprofits spend grant funds.
Posted on: May 10, 2016

IRS Gift Substantiation Proposed Regulation Dropped

The Treasury Department and IRS announced this week that it is withdrawing the proposed Gift Substantiation regulation.
Posted on: January 8, 2016
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Senator Aims to Block IRS Proposal on Optional Donor Data

Senator Pat Roberts has introduced legislation to block a planned Internal Revenue Service regulation to allow charities to submit contributors' Social Security numbers to substantiate donations for tax purposes, Accounting Today reports. The Kansas Republican said the IRS could not be trusted to safeguard donors' personal information and might later make the optional provision of such data mandatory.
Posted on: December 16, 2015
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IRS Rule Change for Nonprofits Comments Due

Comments on proposed new rules from the U.S. Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service are due by Wednesday, December 16th.
Posted on: December 15, 2015
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Do 9 Out of 10 Nonprofits “Fail”?

Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson has repeatedly said that nine out of ten nonprofits “fail”. Where does this statistic come from? The Washington Post looked at data from the Urban Institute's National Center for Charitable Statistics to determine if the data backs up Carson's claim.
Posted on: November 2, 2015
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Automatic 6-Month Extension for Form 990 & Form 990-PF Filers

A provision of the Surface Transportation and Veterans Health Care Choice Improvement Act of 2015 included an automatic 6-month extension for all Form 990 filers.
Posted on: October 9, 2015
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Mulling the Effects of a Minimum Wage on Nonprofits

Rick Cohen of Nonprofit Quarterly looks at how California foundations and nonprofits are reacting to the ongoing debate about raising the minimum wage.
Posted on: September 25, 2015
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IRS Standing Down for 2016 as Nonprofits Boost Campaign Role

“The Internal Revenue Service appears certain to delay any attempt to tighten regulations on nonprofit politicking until after the 2016 election, according to The New York Times.”
Posted on: July 6, 2015
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Nonprofit Quarterly's Post-Election Special Report

Nonprofit Quarterly's Rick Cohen put together a two-part special report on the mid-term elections from a nonprofit perspective.
Posted on: November 5, 2014
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Nonprofits Can't Fix Paul Ryan's Poverty Plan

Rep. Paul Ryan believes that charitable organizations should be a guiding light for the federal government — the anti-thesis of a Washington bureaucracy that he says is bloated and ineffective. But the kind of intensive case management that he’s proposed for every recipient of major federal benefits — ranging from food stamps and heating aid to housing vouchers and child-care assistance — isn’t cheap. Ryan hasn’t accounted for the costs and suggested Wednesday that charitable organizations, state, and local governments should help foot the bill.
Posted on: August 12, 2014
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Reform on Indirect Costs Payments Effective Soon

In less than six months new reforms governing payments to nonprofits for their indirect (overhead) and other costs will go into effect. To prepare the National Council of Nonprofits has pulled together resource to help nonprofits learn what the reforms do and why they matter to nonprofits.
Posted on: July 15, 2014
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IRS Chief: New Rule on the Way for Tax-Exempt

The Internal Revenue Service is prepared to rewrite a proposed rule regulating the political activities of non-profit groups to address complaints from the right and left that it goes too far, IRS Commissioner John Koskinen said Monday.
Posted on: April 15, 2014
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Foundations Can Rewrite History by Focusing on the States

Like Robert Frost nearly a century ago, today’s foundation leaders stand where two roads diverge. They can continue down the usual road of fixating solely on federal policy debates, such as the one over the charitable deduction. Or they can take the road “less traveled by” to where the real action is: the states. If they choose the latter, then years from now they too can look back with Frost’s sigh of satisfaction because that choice will have “made all the difference”—for their missions, their grantees, and the individuals and communities they serve.
Posted on: March 7, 2014
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Obama Budget Caps Charitable Deduction at 28% for Wealthy

Nonprofits criticized a plan offered by President Obama on Tuesday that would limit the value of all tax deductions, including the charitable deduction, for wealthy taxpayers.
Posted on: March 6, 2014
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Where Biden Should Look for Job Training Ideas (Nonprofits and Governors)

Highlighting the value nonprofits contribute to economic development - this recent Nonprofit Quarterly article proposes that a new commission on job training led by Vice President Biden “convene the nation’s best locally-focused job training nonprofits” as a means to develop policy based on the most successful practices from around the nation.
Posted on: February 26, 2014
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501(c)(4) Proposed Regulations

The Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee is leading an effort to block implementation of proposed regulations from the Treasury Department that would redefine what constitutes electioneering activities of 501(c)(4) social welfare organizations under the Internal Revenue Code.
Posted on: February 5, 2014
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Thune, Wyden Lead Bipartisan Group of Senators to Call for Maintaining the Charitable Tax Deduction

U.S. Senators John Thune (R-S.D.) and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), members of the tax-writing Senate Finance Committee, today led a bipartisan group of senators in a letter to Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.) and Ranking Member Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) underscoring the importance of maintaining the charitable tax deduction as the committee considers comprehensive tax reform.
Posted on: January 27, 2014
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Houston, We Have a Budget Deal in Washington

Rick Cohen of Nonprofit Quarterly examines the Ryan-Murrey budget deal, which adds $45 billion to the top-line budget number in discretionary spending for 2014.
Posted on: December 20, 2013
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