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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.

Congresswoman Ann McLane Kuster kicked off the 2014 Nonprofit Capitol Exchange series with a review of her work in Washington, D.C. and a conversation with nonprofit leaders covering a wide array of topics pertinent to New Hampshire’s nonprofit community.

State Representative David Hess (R-Hooksett) and Rep. Kenneth Weyler (R-Kingston) have submitted HB 1509, which, if enacted, would require certain sized nonprofits to pay the Business Enterprise Tax (BET).

The White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) today released its long-anticipated overhaul of federal grants policies and procedures, and charitable nonprofits achieved several important goals that will strengthen organizations performing work in communities on behalf of governments and the nonprofit community as a whole.

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.

Two recently released reports highlight the need to address the nature of how some governments interact with nonprofits through contracts and grants.

Senate President Chuck Morse (R-Salem), featured speaker at the Nonprofit Capitol Exchange on December 3, discussed a variety of issues with a gathering of nonprofit, business and government leaders.

A draft proposal released by the Treasury Department yesterday would target the political spending of so-called social welfare organizations that receive 501(c)(4) tax exemptions. Treasury is taking aim at whether these groups do too much political activity and too little social welfare programming. Although it has been reported in the press as an Obama administration crackdown, at this stage it is only a proposed statement of guidance around which the IRS (which is part of Treasury) is soliciting reactions and feedback.

The Strengthening Communities Fund (SCF) authorized under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 was part of the Federal government’s response to the recession. Because people often turn to nonprofit organizations for assistance in difficult financial times, SCF was designed to build organizational capacity of faith-based and community organizations so they could better serve people in need and contribute to the economic recovery. This research brief highlights the interplay between the recession and SCF capacity-building efforts.

A top House Republican has decided to move forward next year with legislation that would seek to end the exemption from New Hampshire’s Business Enterprise Tax now enjoyed by nonprofit hospitals, colleges and universities.


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