State level

House Passes Bill to Help Small Businesses Give to Nonprofits

The N.C. House of Representatives recently passed a bill recommended by the N.C. Center for Nonprofits. This will make it easier for North Carolina small businesses to give to nonprofits. Currently, North Carolina companies that give generously to nonprofits don’t get full credit for their charitable contributions on their state taxes. The bill (H.B. 886) would make the N.C. corporate tax deduction for the same as the federal deduction. Thanks to Rep. Tim Moffitt (R-Buncombe), Rep.

IRA Charitable Rollover

On March 4, the N.C. House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved an amendment to  a bill (S.20) that would have protected the state tax treatment of charitable contributions that seniors make from their individual retirement accounts (IRAs). Thanks to Rep. Rick Catlin (R-New Hanover) for sponsoring the amendment, which passed by a 109-7 vote.

Unemployment Laws and Nonprofits

Unemployment insurance is an important part of the social safety net that helps workers who have been laid off or terminated without cause to transition into new jobs by providing them with limited, temporary financial assistance. The Division of Employment Security at the NC Department of Commerce manages North Carolina’s unemployment system.

Here is some basic information about how the state’s unemployment system affects nonprofits.

Workers' Compensation Changes for Small Nonprofits

At the Center’s recommendation, both the House and Senate included a provision in their regulatory reform bills that could save money for many small nonprofits with fewer than three employees. Under state law, any employer with three or more employees is required to purchase workers’ compensation insurance. The definition of “employee” in the current law includes nonprofit board officers, meaning that small nonprofits with three or more board officers (i.e. almost all nonprofits) are required to take on an often unnecessary expense.

Expanding Charitable Deduction Could Help Nonprofits and Businesses

In 2011, the N.C. House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed H.B. 886, which would bring the North Carolina corporate tax deduction for charitable contributions into conformance with federal law. This would help more small businesses contribute to nonprofits. The N.C. Center for Nonprofits encourages the N.C. Senate to pass this bill during the 2012 short session.