The unintended target of tax reform: Churches now face 21% penalty

The unintended target of tax reform: Churches now face 21% penalty

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“I’d say the churches have every right to be outraged,” said David L. Thompson, vice president of public policy for the National Council of Nonprofits. “It’s an oxymoron. It’s horrendously unfair.”

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In a double whammy, a D.C. law requires employers — including nonprofits — to offer commuter transit benefits, but now federal law taxes those required benefits.

“That’s like taxing a safe workplace,” said Mr. Thompson. “That’s not a fringe benefit. That’s a mandated cost of doing business.”

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“The rationale of parity is absolutely inappropriate,” Mr. Thompson said.

Mr. Brady has insisted the provision is necessary to level the playing field for nonprofits and for-profits.

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