Council of Nonprofits in the News

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In Our View: Charitable, This Isn’t

Abolishing the Johnson Amendment would be problematic for several reasons.

Tags: Johnson Amendment, Nonpartisanship
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New tax levied in GOP overhaul draws laments from churches, other nonprofits

Others are likewise mystified by that aspect of the new provision, prompting the National Council of Nonprofits and many other groups to — so far unsuccessfully — implore the IRS for clarity or any other guidance on how to even begin calculating...

Tags: Tax Reform, UBIT, Transportation Benefits
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Bill to Repeal UBIT Rule Wins Support From Charity Groups

“The Walker bill recognizes the fallacy of taxing tax-exempts for the mistaken goal of creating ‘parity’ with for-profit businesses and reiterates the point that these new taxes on nonprofit transportation and other benefits are inappropriate and...

Tags: UBIT, Tax Reform
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House votes to prevent IRS from punishing churches engaging in politics

“It’s now impossible for Congress and the White House to deny their objective: to politicize the trusted charitable nonprofit community by authorizing unlimited, unfettered and untraceable political money to flow through the nonprofit sector to...

Tags: Johnson Amendment, Nonpartisanship
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Donor Transparency Meets Russia Controversy Amid New Treasury Rule

D.C. groups that represent traditional nonprofits are generally wary of both the new IRS rule and efforts to repeal the Johnson Amendment. They see each as further blurring the line between charities and political groups.

Tags: Johnson Amendment, Donor Disclosure, Nonpartisanship
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House passes measure blocking IRS from revoking churches' tax-exempt status over political activity

"It's now impossible for Congress and the White House to deny their objective: to politicize the trusted charitable nonprofit community by authorizing unlimited, unfettered and untraceable political money to flow through the nonprofit sector to...

Tags: Nonpartisanship, Johnson Amendment
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UBIT Coalition Pushing for Delay on Fringe Benefits Provision

“The only thing that is clear about the new taxes on tax-exempt organizations is that no one understands them—not nonprofits, houses of worship, accountants, lawyers, or tax advisors,” said David L.

Tags: UBIT, Transportation Benefits, Tax Reform
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Johnson Amendment Proposal Sparks New Backlash

The new measure, if enacted, would set up potentially insurmountable roadblocks before the IRS could begin an investigation into a violation of the prohibition, said David Thompson, vice president of public policy for the National Council of...

Tags: Johnson Amendment, Nonpartisanship
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IRS Dumps Schedule B For Associations, Others NPOs

“The great concern is the combination of an effort to prevent the IRS to make it harder to find who’s funding whom.

Tags: IRS, Reporting Requirements, Johnson Amendment
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House Provision Permitting Political Churches Moves Forward

The exception’s timeframe would do little to prevent groups from popping up as churches shortly prior to an election, engaging in political activity, and walking away scot free, according to Thompson.

Tags: Johnson Amendment, Nonpartisanship

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