Proposal to tax nonprofits alarms Mass. charities

Proposal to tax nonprofits alarms Mass. charities

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“There used to be one or two or three of these [attempts] every year, usually in the Northeast,” a region heavily dependent on property taxes, said David Thompson, vice president of public policy at the National Council of Nonprofits. “Now we see dozens of cities raising the question throughout the country.”

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“Cities and towns are squeezed for revenue — I get that — but nonprofits are also squeezed, so why try to extract money that’s going to reduce services for the people we’re trying to help?” said Michael Weekes, chief executive of the Providers’ Council, the state’s largest trade association for human services providers. “This is a wide, sweeping attack on our tax-exempt status that we think is misguided and unfair.”

Although most taxation attempts have failed so far, the nonprofit sector is watching the Massachusetts proposal warily. “It is of great concern,” Thompson of the National Council of Nonprofits said, because it has advanced further than any similar previous legislation in the state.

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