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Budget Battles: Sequestration Cuts More Popular than Ever

The nation is getting ready for the next round of last-minute battles to reach a decision on a Fiscal Year 2014 budget (all but impossible), a continuing resolution to keep the government running (more like), or a government shutdown (please, no!). Oddly, the sequestration part of the budget battle is not being addressed, at least for the pieces of concern to nonprofits, partly because the public is growing to like the cuts, partly because President Obama has taken credit for their deficit reduction impacts, and partly because elements looking to be protected from sequestration are the military and the FAA, not the social safety net.
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Posted on: September 23, 2013

Senate Finance Panel Outlines Ideas of Changing Charity Rules

The Senate Finance Committee is reviewing specific questions around charity rules highlighted in their recent report released June 14. For example, one question under scrutiny is around taxation of commercial activities that tax-exempt organizations conduct.
Posted on: July 8, 2013
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IRS Expedites 501(c)(4) Applications Caught in Backlog

In other IRS news last month, the IRS is offering new streamlined option for certain 501(c)(4) groups caught in application backlog. The option will provide certain groups an approved determination letter granting them 501(c)(4) status within two weeks if they certify they devote 60 percent or more of both their spending and time on activities that promote social welfare as defined by Section 501(c)(4). At the same time, they must certify that political campaign intervention involves 40 percent or less of both their spending and time.
Posted on: July 8, 2013
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IRS Outlines Action Plan in Wake of Scandal

The IRS on Monday, June 24 issued a report entitled Charting the Path Forward at the IRS: An Initial Assessment and Plan of Action. The report outlines new actions and next steps planned to fix problems uncovered with the IRS' review of applications for tax exempt status and improve wider processes and operations in place at the IRS.
Posted on: July 8, 2013
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North Carolina Legislation to Cap Nonprofit Salaries

House Bill 893 has been raised by three North Carolina House representatives and could have a pivotal role in how state-funded nonprofits operate in NC. The bill would convene a commission to look into a $100,000 cap on staff salaries to those nonprofits receiving state support, as well as consideration to putting a ban on using tax dollars for staff salaries. 
Posted on: July 8, 2013
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The Overhead Myth

GuideStar, Charity Navigator, and BBB Wise Giving Alliance have denounced the “overhead ratio” as an indicator of performance.
Posted on: July 1, 2013
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Sequestration Apathy

It seems like the public at large, and perhaps much of the nonprofit sector as well, doesn’t find the sequestration budget cuts much to worry about. A fix for air traffic controllers, another one for USDA meat inspectors, and somehow the public seems willing to let the rest of the sequester’s blunt-axe approach to budget-making slide. This aricle from Nonprofit Quarterly explores a new bill being proposed.
Posted on: June 17, 2013

Obama’s FY2014 Budget: The Issues for Nonprofits

President Obama has released a proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2014 and the ideological battle of taxation and spending is now joined in something close to what Congress calls the “regular order.” Rick Cohen of the Nonprofit Quarterly offers an analysis of what this means for the nonprofit sector.
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Posted on: April 19, 2013
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