Forum: Taxing community nonprofits won’t help municipal budgets

Forum: Taxing community nonprofits won’t help municipal budgets

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Some local governments are asking nonprofits for “voluntary” payments. While that is one alternative we must be careful that calling something “voluntary” truly means it is so, and not a de facto obligation for struggling nonprofits.

It is a generally accepted principle of public policy that when you tax a transaction or an item, users do or use less of it. Taxing nonprofits would mean we would have fewer services for people with behavioral health problems and addictions, fewer arts and cultural associations, fewer shelters for victims of domestic violence and a loss of many other services.

Taxing nonprofits will not solve municipal fiscal troubles. It will hurt our communities and the people who live in them.

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New Haven Register
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