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Number of US taxpayers claiming charitable deduction shows significant drop

Posted on: July 19, 2019
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Trump Administration Drops Bid for Citizenship Question in 2020 Census

Posted on: July 3, 2019
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Voices from the Field: What the US Supreme Court’s Census Decision Means for Nonprofits

Posted on: July 2, 2019
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Impact of Five Charitable Giving Policy Proposals

Independent Sector has released an analysis of the potential impact of five distinct federal policy ideas meant to increase charitable giving. 
Posted on: June 18, 2019

Nonprofit Tax Day

Many tax-exempts will be paying taxes for the very first time this year because of provisions in the 2017 federal tax law. That law imposes tax liabilities on charities, houses of worship, and other nonprofits to generate new revenue and offset tax cuts for for-profit corporations and individuals. In this article, David L Thompson of the National Council of Nonprofits outlines notable new taxes and what groups are saying about them.
Posted on: May 17, 2019
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Tax Reform Impact on Nonprofits

Posted on: April 18, 2019
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Overtime Rule

Posted on: March 25, 2019
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Federal Grant System Activates Process Improvements

The federal government recently activated its online System for Award Management (SAM), implementing a new process for grant applicants designed to reduce duplicative grant compliance efforts. SAM includes a centralized repository where nonprofits can submit common certifications once during the SAM registration or renewal process in lieu of providing them with each grant application.
Posted on: February 22, 2019
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Parking Tax

Last month, the IRS published preliminary guidance (Notice 2018-99) on the new unrelated business income tax (UBIT) on parking and transportation. The notice recommends that nonprofits use a four-step calculation to determine their taxes on parking spaces they own or lease. 
Posted on: January 23, 2019
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Tax Reform Bills Have Nonprofit Sector on High Alert

After months of anticipation about the specifics of federal tax reform proposals, national nonprofit sector policy leaders expressed grave concerns about both House and Senate bills.
Posted on: November 13, 2017

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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