National policy news
President’s Budget Proposal Includes Cap on Deductions April 12, 2013 -
President Obama’s budget proposal which was released April 9th contains good news and bad news for people and communities that rely on charitable nonprofits. On the positive side, the Administration’s budget blueprint (if adopted) would replace the mindless, across-the-board sequestration cuts with intentional spending cuts and revenue provisions. However, the proposed budget repeats once again the White House’s desire to impose a 28 percent cap on itemized deductions, including deductions for charitable giving.
Sequestration & Nonprofits March 4, 2013 -
Learn more about sequestration and its anticipated impact on the nonprofit sector.Read more...
Congress Returns to Long To-Do List September 11, 2012 -
Congress returns after a five-week recess to confront a growing list of must-pass legislation that - by most accounts - will be postponed until after the November 6 elections.Read more...
Federal Grantmaking Reforms Coming September 12, 2012 -
The White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) is expected - within the next two weeks - to propose comprehensive reforms to the federal grantmaking procedures.Read more...
What Nonprofits Can and Should be Doing During Election Time?September 06, 2012
- We've compiled a few great resources for nonprofits during election time, including a video interview with Isaiah Castilla, Legal Counsel for the Alliance for Justice conducted when he was here in June talking about allowable activities by nonprofits.Read more...
Romney and the Nonprofit WorldAugust 29, 2012
-Here's a look from the Chronicle of Philanthropy at Mitt Romney's involvement with nonprofits
and his positions on issues that affect charities and foundations.
CBO Reports Deficit DropAugust 29, 2012
- The Council of Nonprofits announced that the Congressional Budget Office released a report recently stating that the federal deficit has dropped from $1.2 to $1.1 billion as a result of a 6 percent growth in revenue and 1 percent drop in spending. The CBO once again predicts that failure by Congress to mitigate the scheduled spending cuts and tax hikes will cause a recession next year, but that complete repeal of the looming fiscal cliff measures will drag the economy into a recession in later years.
Read the CBO’s report
Nonprofits PAC Endorses Candidates August 14, 2012
In a proclaimed "breakthrough," CForward's PAC for Nonprofits has announced the endorsement of eight candidates
for the 2012 elections.
According to Robert Egger, President of CForward, a nonpartisan,
501(c)4 advocacy organization, these candidates were chosen based on
their understanding that "nonprofits are major employers in every
community and contribute millions in payroll taxes." Egger also states
that the PAC for Nonprofits "promotes candidates who demonstrate the
kind of vision required to help economies grow and thrive."
CForward’s announcement prompts the question - what can
nonprofits do around election activities?Learn more...
Congressional Hearing to Examine Nonprofit Tax IssuesMay 10, 2012
- A Congressional hearing has been scheduled next week to examine various tax issues affecting nonprofits, including Internal Revenue Service oversight of universities and nonprofit hospitals.
What's Trending for NonprofitsMay 6, 2012
- The National Council of Nonprofits has pulled together some information on observations of patterns within and relating to the sector. From the economy, to advocacy, to philanthropy and beyond, this two-page document is filled with information and links to even more information.
"Tax Deduction Plan Won't Hurt"February 21, 2012
- The Chronicle of Philanthropy reports that the White House’s Office of Management and Budget denies that the proposed change to the tax code regarding charitable deductions in President Obama’s recently released budget plan will hurt the nonprofit sector.Read more...
National Council Policy AgendaFebruary 21, 2012
- The Public Policy Agenda of the National Council of Nonprofits for 2012 focuses on six distinct policy areas (such as tax policy and nonprofit advocacy rights) as well as addressing two emerging policy trends that challenge the ability of nonprofits to pursue their missions. Some states are requiring mandatory volunteerism and in a number of other states, legislation that does not recognize nonprofits as independent private corporation but instead as "quasi-governmental agencies" is being filed. Read more...
The Super Committee Fails to Reach Consensus
November 29, 2011 - The co-chairs of the Super Committee of Congress admitted defeat last week by announcing that the panel was unable to reach agreement on a package of spending cuts, tax increases, and entitlement reforms to generate $1.2 trillion in deficit reduction, as mandated by the Budget Control Act passed last August.
"After months of hard work and intense deliberations, we have come to the conclusion today that it will not be possible to make any bipartisan agreement available to the public before the committee’s deadline," Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) and Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-TX) wrote in a joint statement. "We remain hopeful that Congress can build on this committee’s work and can find a way to tackle this issue in a way that works for the American people and our economy," they further stated.
What does this mean for the elimination of the itemized Charitable Deduction, as it was targeted in some proposals?
The National Council of Nonprofits shares that while the immediate threat is lessened, "Congress remains very interested in comprehensive tax reform (lowering rates; abolishing loopholes, deductions, and credits; broadening the base)."
National Arts Organization Encourages Local Groups to Get Involved October 31, 2011
- The Americans for the Arts organization in encouraging local arts groups to be engaged in the debate about the charitable giving incentive. They recently shared information on the October 18th Senate Finance Hearing
Opposing Views on the Threat to the Charitable Deduction IncentiveOctober 31, 2011
- Two differing views of the ongoing saga around the charitable giving incentive have recently been featured in The Nonprofit Quarterly. In a complex economic environment, both writers provide valuable information to support their point of view and whatever your stance, both are interesting reading.
The Nonprofit Sector’s Embarrassing Defense of a Maximal Charitable Deduction
Nonprofits, Tell Congress: "Help, or at Least Do No Harm"
Charitable Giving Incentive Still a TargetOctober 18, 2011
- While one threat to the charitable deduction was eliminated when
language was removed from the national jobs bill, the Joint Select
Committee on Deficit Reduction is still considering recommending that
Congress take away or alter the charitable giving incentive for
The National Council of Nonprofits is urging nonprofits to become a part
of their nation-wide grassroots campaign to protect this incentive and
therefore many of the donations that nonprofits count on.
Report on Lobbying Rules and the Public SectorSeptember 8, 2011
- The Center for Lobbying in the Public Interest has released a report that details how the lobbying rules — the most stringent of any White House — are pushing public-sector industry groups away from erring on the side of disclosure.
The Lobbying rules effectively restricting public service based solely
on whether an individual is registered to be a lobbyist under the
federal Lobbying Disclosure Act (LDA) and the report finds that the
restrictions have inadvertently chilled nonprofit advocacy and
undermined good government.
Read the report..
Study Examines Tax Code Changes Implications for Charitable GivingJune 1, 2011
- The Congressional Budget Office released a study this week that projects the impacts that a variety of tax code changes would bring for the sector and for federal tax revenue. The Chronicle of Philanthropy
examines the study’s release.
One concept that the study conducted is similar to the proposal put forth by President Obama earlier this year; namely converting the current charitable gift itemized deduction to 12% tax credit model. According to the Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT), with the elimination of the current charitable gift deduction structure an additional $230 billion could be collected by the federal government between 2010 and 2014 at the current levels of charitable giving.Read the full study...
Squeezed Cities Ask Nonprofits for More MoneyAn Article from the New York Times
May 11, 2011
- As recession-racked cities struggle to balance their budgets with everything short of feeling behind sofa cushions for loose change, a growing number are seeking more money — just don’t use the word taxes — from nonprofit institutions that occupy valuable land but by law do not pay property taxes.Read more...
Senator Jeanne Shaheen Urges Maintenance Funding for Federal Community Development Block Grant Program
March 18, 2011 - Along with 28 other Senators, US Senator Jeanne Shaheen signed on to a letter to the Appropriations Committee Chair and Vice Chair, Senator Daniel Inouye and Senator Thad Cochran, urging preservation of funding for the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program. Calling the CDBG “one of the most effective federal programs for promoting economic development”, the letter highlights that existing funding is the centerpiece of the federal government’s efforts to help more than 1,200 cities, counties and states meet the needs of low and moderate income persons.
Would New 1099 Requirements Create a Burden for Your Nonprofit?
August 4th, 2010
- The health care reform law enacted earlier this year requires nonprofits to file Form 1099 when they pay vendors more than $600 per year for goods and other property. This requirement starts in 2012. The IRS is seeking public comment
on how to minimize the burdens of this new reporting on nonprofits and businesses. The deadline for comments is Sept. 29, 2010
. Congress also could consider legislation eliminating this filing requirement. Please let the IRS know how this would impact your nonprofit. Comments should be submitted to:
Internal Revenue Service
CC:PA:LPD:PR (Notice 2010-51)
P.O. Box 7604
Ben Franklin Station,
Washington, DC 20044. Or:Notice.Comments@irscounsel.treas.gov
.--the subject line must include “Notice 2010-51.”
All comments will be available for public inspection and copying.
Time to Show Support for Nonprofit Sector Legislation
August 2nd, 2010
- The NH Center for Nonprofits is a proud early supporter of the Nonprofit Sector and Community Solutions Act
a bill introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives in June. This
landmark legislation would strengthen America's communities by making
the federal government a more productive partner with nonprofit
organizations by establishing 1) better communication with the federal
government, 2) better coordination within government, and 3) enhanced
data collection and research. Please join us today in showing your
support for the Nonprofit Sector and Community Solutions Act by adding your organization’s name to the list of nonprofit supporters
Public Funding of Election Campaigns
July 19th, 2010
- Retired corporate executives are calling for public financing of election campaigns. This is a way to deal with the effects of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in the Citizens United case, which significantly loosened the rules for corporations to provide financial support to candidates running for office.
Nonprofit Groups to Fight Proposed Postal-Rate Hike
July 19th, 2010
- The U.S. Postal Service has announced plans to raise postal rates to close a $7 billion budget gap. Charities and businesses that rely heavily on mailings are already working together to fight the increase, arguing for deeper cost cuts first. A new coalition has sprung up in the last week to carry out the fight: The Affordable Mail Alliance. It includes the Alliance of Nonprofit Mailers, as well as several major magazine publishers and catalog retailers.
New Federal Health Reform Portal on Internet
July 1st, 2010
- Find insurance, learn about prevention, compare care quality, understand the new law, find information for you.
Learn more at www.healthcare.gov/
Landmark Nonprofit Legislation Introduced in Congress
June 17, 2010
- Washington, D.C. - At a press conference held June 16 at the United States Capitol, the New Hampshire Center for Nonprofits joined nonprofit leaders from around the country and the National Council of Nonprofits as Minnesota Congresswoman Betty McCollum spoke about her newly introduced “Nonprofit Sector and Community Solutions Act” (HR 5533), a bill that will transform the way that the federal government thinks about and deals with the charitable nonprofit community in the United States.Read more...
Congresswoman Leads National Effort to Advance Nonprofit Sector
May 19, 2010 - According to The Chronicle of Philanthropy, Congresswoman Betty McCollum of Minnesota is championing legislation designed to support nonprofits. In the bill she plans to introduce next month, Ms. McCollum intends to create two new national groups, a National Nonprofit Council and a national work group of high-level representatives from federal agencies to work with nonprofits to improve relations between federal agencies and the nonprofit sector.
"Washington needs to start caring as much about strengthening nonprofit organizations as it does regulating them," McCollum says, adding that "tens of millions of Americans rely on nonprofits for the jobs and services they provide."
The NH Center for Nonprofits and all of its members are members of the National Council of Nonprofit which has worked with and supports Congresswoman McCollum’s efforts. The Center will be tracking progress with the legislation.
New IRS Guidance for Claiming Small Employer Health Insurance Tax Credit
May 17, 2010
- The Internal Revenue Service issued new guidance on May 17 to help small employers (nonprofits and for-profit businesses) determine their eligibility for and the amount of the health care tax credit. Small employers receiving state health care tax credits may still qualify for the full federal tax credit. Small employers can receive the credit for health insurance and also for dental and vision coverage. Notice 2010-44
The credit was designed to encourage small employers to offer health insurance coverage for the first time or to maintain coverage they already have. Small employers that provide health care coverage to their employees and that meet certain requirements are eligible for a Federal income tax credit for health insurance premiums they pay. To qualify for the tax credit, small employers have to provide health insurance and have to pay at least 50% of their employees’ premiums. Eligibility is also limited by company size and wages. A firm has to have fewer than 25 full-time workers averaging less than $50,000 a year in pay.
Read more on the IRS website: http://www.irs.gov/newsroom/article/0,,id=223577,00.html
Small Employer Health Insurance Tax Credit Calculator
May 12, 2010
- Small nonprofits can claim a tax credit immediately when they pay for at least half of the health insurance premiums for their employees. The full credit is available to employers with 10 or fewer workers with average annual wages of $25,000, while firms with up to 25 or fewer employees and average annual wages of up to $50,000 will be eligible for part of the credit. Visit the “calculator” to find out the amount of your tax credit.
Read more about how the tax credit works and what you need to know
Health Reform Web Portal
May 10, 2010 - A health reform web portal will be launched July 1 to provide state-level information about affordable health coverage options. Its goal is to help individuals and small businesses, including nonprofits, learn about coverage options in their state.
The July 1 launch will contain basic information about who sells individual and small group products in NH and links to information about those products. Information for small businesses and about coverage through the high-risk pools will also be available. There will also be information on eligibility and services for Medicaid and CHIP. In October, more detailed information will be available at the web portal.
Timeline for Health Reform Implementation
April 5, 2010
- The Commonwealth Fund has developed a timeline
that outlines when health insurance reform provisions will go into effect.
Small Nonprofits Can Claim Tax Credit NowMarch 29, 2010
- Small nonprofits can claim a tax credit immediately when they pay for at least half of the health insurance premiums for their employees. This is a result of the health care reform bill being signed into law by the President on March 23. The full credit is available to employers with 10 or fewer workers with average annual wages of $25,000, while firms with up to 25 or fewer employees and average annual wages of up to $50,000 will be eligible for part of the credit. Read more...
House Passes Senate’s Health Care Reform Bill
March 22, 2010
- Late Sunday night the House passed the Senate’s December health
reform bill by a vote of 219-212. The House also approved a package of
revisions to the Senate bill that will go to the Senate this week. The
bill is widely seen as the biggest expansion of health insurance
coverage since Medicaid and Medicare were established in 1965. Of
particular interest to tax-exempt organizations is the section in the
bill that provides employers with 25 employees or less and average
annual wages of less than $50,000 that purchase health insurance for
employees with a tax credit.
The Census is Less than 2 Months Away!
Why does this matter to you?
February 10, 2010
- Because a decade of federal funding is on the line—that’s $300 billion! The best way you can advocate for your community is to help make sure that everyone gets counted. Lower income and more mobile populations - precisely those served by many nonprofits - are at greatest risk of an undercount, leading to under-funding of critical services and infrastructure and under-representation in government. The National Census count affects the locations of new hospitals, roads, transit, schools and more. It determines political representation. With two months to go and billions of dollars in community funding on the line, it’s time to get involved in making the National Census an accurate success.
What you can do: distribute fact sheets, display a poster communicating your organization’s support for the Census, display a sample census form, encourage people to cooperate with the Census takers, make it clear that the Census is really important. Visit www.nonprofitscount.org
today for help, free posters, a Census Toolkit (in Spanish and English) and more!
White House Proposes Tax Credit for Nonprofit Employers
January 29, 2010
- In a conference call with the White House today, The Center got a heads up on an exciting new jobs proposal that would provide a tax credit to nonprofits. The proposal seeks a wage and tax credit of $5,000 per new employee hired. To qualify for this tax credit the total wages paid by the organization will have to increase. There is a $500,000 cap on any entity (including for-profit businesses) who will be eligible for the tax credit. The White House estimates that one million employers will benefit from this proposal, and many will be in the nonprofit sector. There was a strong appreciation of the work nonprofits do, their importance to the economy, their importance to the quality of life of the people that nonprofits serve. We will follow this legislation as it is introduced and moves through Congress. It is never too early to contact your representatives to let them know how you feel about this proposed legislation that will be making its way through the Congress soon.
Contact information for your representative is located at: http://www.nh.gov/government/nhcong.html
Nonprofits, Elections, and the Supreme Court's Decision
January 28, 2010
- The U.S. Supreme Court recently issued a decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission
(decided January 21, 2010), that has confused some writers who are not as familiar with the important legal distinctions between different types of “nonprofits” that exist or with the differences between federal election laws that the Court changed and tax laws that the Court did not change.
Therefore, to make sure nonprofits here in New Hampshire are aware of their full legal rights – and limitations – when it comes to participating in elections, the NH Center for Nonprofits is making available for your review a brief analysis that the National Council of Nonprofits prepared to help 501(c)(3) nonprofits avoid taking actions that could jeopardize their tax-exempt status.
National Council for Nonprofits urges inclusion of nonprofits in health reform legislation
January 19, 2010 - Strongly urging Congress to provide America’s nonpr