Friday, June 26, 2015

House Spending Bill Would Protect Nonprofit Politicking - The Chronicle of Philanthropy

House Spending Bill Would Protect Nonprofit Politicking - The Chronicle of Philanthropy: "A spending measure approved last week by the House Appropriations Committee would prohibit the Internal Revenue Service from forging new rules governing political activity by nonprofits, The Washington Post writes."



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Thursday, June 25, 2015

N.M. Charity Under Investigation Claims Abuse by Regulator - The Chronicle of Philanthropy

N.M. Charity Under Investigation Claims Abuse by Regulator - The Chronicle of Philanthropy: "N.M. Charity Under Investigation Claims Abuse by Regulator
A New Mexico nonprofit that works with homeowners to prevent foreclosure has filed a lawsuit alleging that an assistant state attorney general assigned to oversee such groups bullied its staff and harassed a female employee, the Santa Fe New Mexican writes.

The case, filed Monday, comes as state officials wrangle with the United South Broadway Corp. over an audit of its spending of taxpayer funds, as reported by the Associated Press."



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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Nevada to tax music events as Vegas becomes festival mecca - The Washington Post

Nevada to tax music events as Vegas becomes festival mecca - The Washington Post: "Last month, state lawmakers voted to impose a 9 percent tax on admissions to most live entertainment events, replacing a two-tier tax rate. The original tax had so many exemptions and exclusions that it became a headache to enforce.

All events in venues with a capacity of 15,000 or more must pay the fee even if they have nonprofit status — a provision that aims to prevent organizers from avoiding the tax by claiming a 501(c)3 exemption.

The measure won’t take effect until October, months after this year’s Electric Daisy Carnival wraps up, but general admission passes that cost about $360 now could soon include a fee of about $32."



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Friday, June 19, 2015

Nonprofits fear impact of NC Senate tax plan

Nonprofit news roundup, 06.19.15 « Philanthropy North Carolina: "Nonprofits fear impact of Senate tax plan

Charities, churches, hospitals, and colleges and universities say the North Carolina Senate plan to slash sales-tax refunds to nonprofits and cap deductions for donations would reduce services and charitable giving."



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Tuesday, June 09, 2015

IRS Releases Tax Forms of 9 Nonprofits in Computer-Readable Format - The Chronicle of Philanthropy

IRS Releases Tax Forms of 9 Nonprofits in Computer-Readable Format - The Chronicle of Philanthropy: "In a precedent that could help pry open a wealth of information about nonprofit activities, the federal government has turned over nine nonprofit tax forms in a format that computers can read — resolving a court battle waged by open-records activist Carl Malamud."



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Monday, June 08, 2015

Fundraising bodies publish joint plan promising 'more robust' regulation

Fundraising bodies publish joint plan promising 'more robust' regulation: "Fundraising bodies have launched a new joint plan for “more robust” fundraising standards in the wake of the death of pensioner Olive Cooke.

The Fundraising Standards Board (FRSB), Institute of Fundraising (IoF), and Public Fundraising Regulatory Association (PFRA) announced a joint action plan on Friday to “ensure the highest standards in fundraising activity across the country”. "



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Friday, June 05, 2015

Boosting the tax benefits of charitable giving - Alice Echo-News Journal: Opinion

Boosting the tax benefits of charitable giving - Alice Echo-News Journal: Opinion: "From a tax standpoint, not all charitable gifts are created equal. A tax-efficient giving strategy can help you maximize the impact of your donations to your favorite charities and take advantage of tax savings. If you are age 70½ or older, you may have an opportunity to make donations to a qualified charity directly from traditional and Roth IRA distributions. In addition to creating tax advantages, these donations also can satisfy any IRA-required minimum distributions for the year."



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Tuesday, June 02, 2015

Why the Business World Is Worried about China’s New Law to Regulate NGOs - NPQ - Nonprofit Quarterly

Why the Business World Is Worried about China’s New Law to Regulate NGOs - NPQ - Nonprofit Quarterly: "A draft law in China aimed at NGOs has businesspeople worried, according to the Wall Street Journal. The “Foreign NGO Management Law” was described by one expert as capable of fundamentally changing the way NGOs operate."



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Why the Business World Is Worried about China’s New Law to Regulate NGOs - NPQ - Nonprofit Quarterly

Why the Business World Is Worried about China’s New Law to Regulate NGOs - NPQ - Nonprofit Quarterly: "A draft law in China aimed at NGOs has businesspeople worried, according to the Wall Street Journal. The “Foreign NGO Management Law” was described by one expert as capable of fundamentally changing the way NGOs operate."



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Thursday, May 28, 2015

Kremlin Declares Mogul's Science Charity a 'Foreign Agent' - The Chronicle of Philanthropy

Kremlin Declares Mogul's Science Charity a 'Foreign Agent' - The Chronicle of Philanthropy: "A Russian law ostensibly intended to prevent foreign interests from meddling in the country's internal affairs has ensnared a charity founded by a wealthy businessman to promote science education, Reuters writes. Russia's Justice Ministry has added Dynasty to a register of nonprofits designated as "foreign agents" under a 2012 law that had to date targeted human-rights groups and organizations critical of President Vladimir Putin."



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Opinion: IRS the Wrong Place to Police Nonprofit Politicking - The Chronicle of Philanthropy

Opinion: IRS the Wrong Place to Police Nonprofit Politicking - The Chronicle of Philanthropy: "Opinion: IRS the Wrong Place to Police Nonprofit Politicking
The government should leave the Internal Revenue Service to its job of collecting taxes and get the agency out of the business of monitoring nonprofit groups' election activity, a fellow with a group that promotes free political speech writes in a Wall Street Journal column."



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Charities (Protection and Social Investment) Bill introduced - Press releases - GOV.UK

Charities (Protection and Social Investment) Bill introduced - Press releases - GOV.UK: "The Charities (Protection and Social Investment) Bill was introduced in the House of Lords on 28 May 2015.

The bill would protect charities from people who present a risk of abuse, and give the Charity Commission for England and Wales new and tougher powers to tackle serious abuse of charities. The bill would also give charities a new legal power to invest their funds in a way that provides a financial return and furthers the charity’s aims."



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IRS Names Seven New Members to ACT Advisory Panel; ACT will Submit Recommendations at June Meeting

IRS Names Seven New Members to ACT Advisory Panel; ACT will Submit Recommendations at June Meeting:



Members continuing to serve include AFP CEO Andrew Watt  (see below lists)

ACT Members Continuing on the Committee in 2015
Employee Plans
Alison Cohen, Ferenczy Benefits Law Center, Atlanta.
Stuart A. Sirkin, The Segal Company, Washington, D.C.
Christopher W. Shankle, Capitol One, Shreveport, La.
Matthew I. Whitehorn, Dilworth Paxton, Philadelphia.



Exempt Organizations
Virginia Gross, Polsinelli PC, Kansas City, Mo.
David Moja, Capin Crouse LLP, Orlando, Fla.
Amy Coates Madsen, The Excellence Institute, Baltimore
Andrew Watt, Association of Fundraising Professionals, Arlington, Va.
Federal, State and Local Governments
David P. Augustine, City/County of San Francisco, San Francisco.
Dean J. Conder, State of Colorado, Denver.
Vandee V. DeVore, State of Missouri, Jefferson City, Mo.
Indian Tribal Governments
Stefani A. Dalrymple, Yukon Accounting & Consulting, Fairbanks, Alaska.
Tino Batt, Shoshone-Bannock Tribes, Fort Hall, Idaho
Tax Exempt Bonds
Floyd Newton III, King & Spalding, Atlanta





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Friday, May 22, 2015

Tampa Charity Sues City Over Panhandling Restrictions - The Chronicle of Philanthropy

Tampa Charity Sues City Over Panhandling Restrictions - The Chronicle of Philanthropy: "A group serving the homeless in Tampa, Fla., has gone to court to block city laws that limit panhandling, saying the measures are unconstitutional and could put the charity out of business, the Tampa Bay Times reports."



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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Nurses and Hospitals Battle over California Charity Care Requirements - NPQ - Nonprofit Quarterly

Nurses and Hospitals Battle over California Charity Care Requirements - NPQ - Nonprofit Quarterly: "Nonprofit hospitals continue to be a sore thumb in the debate around nonprofit tax exemptions. Critics suggesting that nonprofit hospitals may not show the kind of “nonprofitness” the public expects of 501(c)(3) public charities abound, but the problem is that states and localities—and even the federal government—have struggled to define and pinpoint what those expectations ought to be.

California is the current epicenter of the battle over what nonprofit hospitals should be and do in order to qualify for their tax-exempt status. One group of critics is organized labor, particularly the California Nurses Association, which rallied at the headquarters of the California Hospital Association to demand that nonprofit hospitals do a better job accounting for the charity care they deliver."



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