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Posted on: March 25, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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