National Council of Nonprofits Communicates Nonprofits’ Priorities to Incoming Chairs of Tax Committees

National Council of Nonprofits Communicates Nonprofits’ Priorities to Incoming Chairs of Tax Committees

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Washington, DC – The National Council of Nonprofits (Council of Nonprofits) delivered a letter to Senator Chuck Grassley and Representative Richard Neal, the incoming chairs of the Senate Finance and House Ways and Means Committees, inviting collaboration and outlining recommendations for their committees to consider and act upon.

“Nonprofits are in the problem-solving business, so we are heartened by recent public statements from Senator Grassley and Representative Neal indicating they will be seeking pragmatic solutions as chairs of the congressional tax committees in January. The National Council of Nonprofits and the entire nonprofit community look forward to working with both chairs to create a better policy environment for nonprofits to serve individuals and strengthen communities,” said Tim Delaney, President and CEO.

“New chairs can bring different energy and creative ideas to these committees,” added David L. Thompson, Vice President of Public Policy. “Our letter lays out several areas where the tax-writing committees can design tax policies that intentionally promote stronger nonprofits and stronger communities.”

Among the recommendations the Council of Nonprofits outlined are:

  • Protecting nonprofit nonpartisanship and the longstanding Johnson Amendment.
  • Restoring balance and removing impediments on tax-exempt charitable nonprofits, houses of worship, and foundations resulting from the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, including:
    • Unrelated Business Income Taxes on Nonprofit Expenses in Providing Transportation Benefits for Employees;
    • Unrelated Business Income Taxes on “Separate” “Trade or Business”; and
    • Paid Leave Tax Credit.
  • Strengthening charitable giving incentives by, among other things:
    • Enacting a universal or non-itemizer charitable deduction for all taxpayers;
    • Expanding giving options through IRS charitable rollovers; and
    • Modernizing the volunteer mileage rate.
  • Increasing oversight into tax enforcement.

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About the National Council of Nonprofits

The National Council of Nonprofits (Council of Nonprofits) is a trusted resource and proven advocate for America’s charitable nonprofits. Connecting the policy dots across all levels and branches of governments, the Council of Nonprofits keeps nonprofits informed and empowered to create a positive public policy environment that best supports nonprofits in advancing their missions. Working with and through the nation’s largest network of nonprofits – with 25,000-plus organizational members - we identify emerging trends, share proven practices, and promote solutions that benefit charitable nonprofits and the communities they serve.

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