Nonprofit tax break proposal in Pennsylvania divisive

Nonprofit tax break proposal in Pennsylvania divisive

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The uncertainty stems from what the amendment would not do. It would not change the definitions of purely public charities, nor the criteria set by the Legislature through the Institutions of Purely Public Charities Act 55 of 1997. It would be up to lawmakers to decide what to do next — leave Act 55 as is, revise it or develop a set of standards defining tax-exempt organizations.

“It's distressing to nonprofits to not have the clarity of knowing whether they're going to meet that criteria,” said Anne Gingerich, executive director of Pennsylvania Association of Nonprofit Organizations. Her group has taken a “neutral” stance on the proposal while voicing support for Senate Resolution 28, which calls for a year-long study of the issues by a special legislative committee.

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