Public Policy Updates

Our Nonprofit Policy Matters newsletter is a service for current Members of the North Carolina Center for Nonprofits. We track state and federal policy issues that affect all 501(c)(3) nonprofits. 

 

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Recent Issues

May 22, 2020

  1. Ask Senators Burr and Tillis to Take Action to Help Nonprofits
  2. Take 5 Minutes to Provide Confidential Information to Help Advocate for Nonprofit UI Relief
  3. National Nonprofits Ask DOL to Rescind Problematic Guidance on UI 
  4. NC House Approves Sales Tax Exemption for Online Educational Events and Services 
  5. SBA Releases PPP Loan Forgiveness Application and Instructions
  6. Congress Looks to Extend and Improve on PPP 
  7. North Carolina Begins Phase 2 of Easing COVID-19 Restrictions Today
  8. NC House Committee Approves Limits on State Tax Benefits for Enhanced Charitable Giving Incentives
  9. New Bill Would Provide Sales Tax Relief for Nonprofits
  10. NC Senate Bill Would Fund Medicaid Transformation
  11. Join a Free Webinar on Nonprofit Voter Registration Work in the Time of COVID-19
  12. NC Senate Bill Would Simplify Absentee Voting Requirements
  13. IRS Allows Greater Flexibility for Employee Benefit Plans in 2020 
  14. It’s Not Too Early to Become a National Voter Registration Day Partner

 

May 15, 2020

  1. Group of 460 Nonprofits Ask State Legislators for COVID-19 Relief
  2. New Bill Would Provide Sales Tax Relief for Nonprofits
  3. U.S. House of Representatives Likely to Pass HEROES Act Today
  4. U.S. Senate Bill Would Provide $50 Billion in Support for Frontline Nonprofits
  5. Center Submits Public Comments on Paycheck Protection Act Guidance
  6. SBA Creates Safe Harbor for PPP Loans of $2 Million or Less
  7. State Legislation Would Exempt Online Educational Events and Services from Sales Tax
  8. New State Bills Would Limit State Tax Benefits for Enhanced Charitable Giving Incentives
  9. NC Legislation Would Provide Emergency Funding to Arts Nonprofits
  10. Reminder: IRS Has Extended Filing Date for 990s through July 15
  11. NC Senate Legislation Would Create Tax Credit for Donation of Gleaned Crops
  12. Several New State Bills Respond to Nonprofits’ Needs
  13. Legislative Study Committee to Review Nonprofit Issues
  14. Join a Free Webinar on Nonprofit Voter Registration Work in the Time of COVID-19
  15. It’s Not Too Early to Become a National Voter Registration Day Partner
  16. Congressional Bill Would Expand National Service Programs

 

May 8, 2020

  1. Take 1 Minute Today to Help NC Nonprofits Get More COVID-19 Relief
  2. Governor Cooper Signs COVID-19 Response Legislation into Law
  3. State COVID-19 Bill Covers Self-Insured Nonprofits’ Unemployment Costs
  4. Senators Burr and Tillis Ask Senate Leadership for More Relief for Nonprofits
  5. ICANN Rejects Transfer of .org Registry 
  6. North Carolina Begins Easing COVID-19 Restrictions
  7. Reminder: IRS Has Extended Filing Date for 990s through July 15
  8. New Resource Provides Pro Bono Assistance to Nonprofits on COVID-19 Issues
  9. Census Tips of the Week: There are Three Ways to Self-Respond to the Census 
  10. It’s Not Too Early to Become a National Voter Registration Day Partner

 

May 1, 2020

  1. NC House and Senate Approve COVID-19 Relief Legislation
  2. DOL Issues Disappointing Guidance on Unemployment Claims by Self-Insured Nonprofits
  3. Three NC Members of Congress Ask House Leadership for More Relief for Nonprofits
  4. Governor Cooper Issues Executive Order on Nonprofit Membership Meetings
  5. Both U.S. Senators from North Carolina Ask to Add Trade Associations to PPP
  6. Federal Reserve Decides that Nonprofits are Ineligible for Main Street Lending Program
  7. Census Tips of the Week: Revised Census Timeline 
  8. Learn How Your Nonprofit Can Work on Civic Engagement During the COVID-19 Crisis

 

April 24, 2020

  1. Congress Approves Bill to Reopen Paycheck Protection Program 
  2. North Carolina Nonprofits Send Unified Message to Congress on COVID-19 Relief
  3. Governor Cooper Extends “Stay at Home” Order and Offers Plan for Re-Opening NC
  4. NC House Bill Will Extend Charitable Solicitation License Deadlines
  5. General Assembly Set to Begin 2020 Session Next Week
  6. SBA Issues Additional Guidance on PPP Loans
  7. More Nonprofit Employees Can Now Seek Unemployment in North Carolina
  8. Governor Cooper Extends Unemployment Benefits to More Furloughed Workers
  9. House Working Group Recommends COVID-19 Health Care Support Legislation
  10. Census Tips of the Week: Revised Census Timeline and Help for Nonprofit Service Providers
  11. Learn How Your Nonprofit Can Work on Civic Engagement During the COVID-19 Crisis
  12. IRS Issues Proposed Rules on Silo-ing of UBIT “Trades of Businesses”

 

April 17, 2020

  1. North Carolina Nonprofits Send Unified Message to Congress on COVID-19 Relief
  2. Take Action: Let Your State Legislators Know What COVID-19 Relief Nonprofits Need
  3. Paycheck Protection Program Runs Out of Funds...For Now
  4. Census Tip of the Week: Census Help Available for Nonprofits Providing Services During COVID-19 Crisis
  5. Nonprofit Civic Engagement During COVID-19 Crisis
  6. IRS Issues Guidance on Deferral of Payroll Taxes and Paycheck Protection Program
  7. Join an Online Nonprofit Town Hall Today

 

April 10, 2020

  1. Nonprofits Seek Further COVID-19 Relief from Congress
  2. Take One Minute to Ask Congress to Provide More Relief to Nonprofits
  3. Center Provides More Input on State-Specific COVID-19 Relief Solutions
  4. Federal Agencies Offer Further Guidance on Paycheck Protection Program
  5. NC Congressman Introduces Bill to Encourage Charitable Giving
  6. Join an Online Nonprofit Town Hall Next Friday
  7. Census Tip of the Week: Paper Questionnaires Are Now Available
  8. Legislative Staff Anticipates State Revenue Shortfall for FY2020-21
  9. IRS Extends 990 Filing Deadlines through July 15
  10. Learn About Nonprofit Advocacy to Strengthen Vote-by-Mail Laws

 

April 3, 2020

  1. Paycheck Protection Program Forgivable Loans Open to Nonprofits Today
  2. Center Asks Federal and State Government to Hold Nonprofits Harmless for UI Claims
  3. Center Provides Input on State-Specific COVID-19 Relief Solutions
  4. DOL and IRS Offer Guidance on Emergency Paid Leave
  5. Recording Available from Yesterday’s Virtual Nonprofit Town Hall 
  6. Census Tip of the Week
  7. Secretary of State Extends First Quarter Lobbying Filing Deadline to July 22

 

March 30, 2020

  1. What Does Governor Cooper’s Stay-at-Home Order Mean for Nonprofits?
  2. Join an Online Nonprofit Town Hall on Thursday
  3. Center Provides More Input on State-Specific COVID-19 Relief Solutions
  4. Which New Loan Program is Right for Your Nonprofit?

 

March 27, 2020

  1. U.S. House Passed CARES Act with Major COVID-19 Relief for Nonprofits
  2. Join an Online Nonprofit Town Hall Next Thursday
  3. Center Provides Input as NC House Begins Developing COVID-19 Relief Solutions
  4. Help! (And Where Do I Go to Get Help?)
  5. Census Tip of the Week: Check Out the Census Response Rate in Your County
  6. Extension of Tax Filing Deadline to July 15 Does Not Apply to Most Nonprofits
  7. Executive Order Closes Some Businesses (Including Some Nonprofit Operations)

 

March 26, 2020 - Special Edition

  1. Congress Close to Passing the CARES Act with Major COVID-19 Relief for Nonprofits
  2. Forgivable Small Business Loans Could Help Nonprofits Stay in Business
  3. Unemployment Relief Would Provide Aid for Workers and Nonprofits
  4. CARES Act Includes (Limited) Universal Charitable Deduction
  5. Many Appropriations in CARES Act Would Benefit Nonprofits
  6. Center Provides Input as NC House Begins Developing COVID-19 Relief Solutions
  7. Learn More About the Families First Coronavirus Response Act

 

March 20, 2020

  1. COVID-19: Let Us Know How the Center Can Help Your Nonprofit
  2. Congress Approves (Some) Coronavirus Relief for Nonprofits and Others                                                 
  3. Nonprofits Seek Significant Relief in Next Round of COVID-19 Stimulus Legislation
  4. Center Advocates for State Leaders to Include Nonprofits in COVID-19 Relief
  5. Governor Cooper Eases Unemployment Access in Response to COVID-19
  6. North Carolina Nonprofits Eligible for Low-Interest SBA Loans
  7. Census Tip of the Week: The Census Goes on, Despite Coronavirus

 

March 13, 2020

  1. COVID-19: Let Us Know How the Center Can Help Your Nonprofit
  2. Governments Take Action on Coronavirus Containment and Relief
  3. In-Person Nonprofit Town Halls Cancelled, Switched to Webinars
  4. Census Tip of the Week: It’s Now Time to Complete the Census!
  5. Legislative Study Committee Considers Exemptions on New Tax on E-Learnings
  6. New Data Shows Decline in Charitable Giving in 2018 
  7. Controversy Continues in Proposed For-Profit Conversion of .org Registry

 

March 6, 2020

  1. Census Tip of the Week: Key Dates to Know for the 2020 Census (Starting Next Week)
  2. Join a Free Webinar on Fixing the Rules on Federal Government Grants with Nonprofits
  3. DHHS Offers Tips on Coronavirus Response in North Carolina
  4. Join in a Nonprofit Public Policy Conversation This Spring

 

February 28, 2020

  1. Early Voting Ends Tomorrow for March 3 Primary 
  2. Census Tip of the Week: It’s Not Too Late to Develop Your Messaging
  3. Join a Free Webinar on Fixing the Rules on Federal Government Grants with Nonprofits
  4. Join in a Nonprofit Public Policy Conversation This Spring
  5. Public Charge Rule Now in Effect
  6. New Resources Provide Fiscal and Policy Snapshots of North Carolina and Other States

 

February 21, 2020

  1. Learn What Your Nonprofit Can (and Can’t) Do in an Election Year
  2. Early Voting Is Open for March 3 Primary
  3. Census Tip of the Week: Your Nonprofit Can Help #CountAllKids in North Carolina
  4. Federal Court Ruling Likely Means No 2020 Medicaid Expansion in NC
  5. Let Us Know: Are Vendors Asking Your Nonprofit for Sales Tax Exemption Certificate?
  6. Free Webinar on Fixing Rules on Federal Government Grants with Nonprofits
  7. State Court Blocks Photo ID Requirements for Voting
  8. Center to Offer Nonprofit Town Halls This Spring

 

February 14, 2020

  1. Early Voting is Open for the March 3 Primary 
  2. Legislative Study Committee Could Consider Changes to Taxation of Digital Educational Programs
  3. Census Tip of the Week: Learn About Online Census in Less than 10 Minutes!
  4. Next Tuesday is the Deadline to Apply for “Get-Out-the-Count” Funding
  5. President Trump Recommends Steep Cuts to Safety Net Programs in Budget Proposal
  6. IRS Guidance Expected on Silo-ing of Unrelated Business Income Tax
  7. New IRS Guidance Suggests that 501(c)(3) Subsidiaries Cannot Form PACs
  8. IRS Holds Hearing on Donor Disclosure Requirements for Non-501(c)(3) Organizations

 

February 7, 2020

  1. Census Tip of the Week: Key Dates to Know for the 2020 Census
  2. Today Is Deadline to Register to Vote on March 3 
  3. Bonus Census Tip of the Week: More Funding Available for “Get-Out-the-Count” Activities
  4. Reminder: Your Nonprofit Can Get a Refund if You Paid UBIT on Parking or Transportation
  5. Implementation of “Public Charge” Rule to Begin Later this Month

 

January 31, 2020

  1. Census Tip of the Week: Join a Statewide Convening Next Tuesday to Get Out the Count
  2. U.S. Supreme Court Allows “Public Charge” Rule to Move Forward
  3. Legislative Study Committee Could Consider Tax Law Changes Affecting Nonprofits
  4. Absentee Ballots Now Available for Statewide Primary Election
  5. IRS Requiring Tax Exemptions to be Filed Electronically

 

January 24, 2020

  1. IRS Provides Guidance to Help Nonprofit Get Refunds of Parking Tax
  2. Census Tip of the Week: Opportunities for Free Training on Census Engagement for Nonprofits
  3. OMB Proposes New Rules to Improve Uniform Guidance Indirect Cost Guarantee
  4. Bonus Census Tip of the Week: Free Census Engagement Training Available for Nonprofits 
  5. A Great New Year’s Resolution for Your Nonprofit: Strengthen Your Advocacy!
  6. Absentee Ballots Now Available for Statewide Primary Election
  7. State Charity Regulators Express Concerns about Sale of .ORG Domain 
  8. State Court Issues Order to Develop Plans for Significant New State Education Spending

 

January 17, 2020

  1. Legislators Stick with Piecemeal State Budget
  2. Early Voting Opens Next Month for Statewide Primary Election
  3. Census Tip of the Week: Opportunities for Free Training on Census Engagement for Nonprofits
  4. Final 2019 Lobbying Expense Reports Due Next Week
  5. Recent Change in Retirement Laws Does Not Affect IRA Charitable Rollover
  6. A Great New Year’s Resolution for Your Nonprofit: Strengthen Your Advocacy!

 

January 10, 2020

  1. A Great New Year’s Resolution for Your Nonprofit: Strengthen Your Advocacy!
  2. Congressional Leaders Ask IRS to Help with Nonprofits’ Refunds on Transportation Taxes
  3. NC Senate Could Revisit State Budget Next Week
  4. New Federal Budget and Tax Laws Include Many Provisions Affecting Nonprofits
  5. Census Tip of the Week: Learn About Hard-to-Count Areas in Your Community
  6. Court Order Means No Voter ID Requirement for March 3 Primary Election
  7. Final 2019 Lobbying Expense Reports Due by January 23
  8. IRS Increases Standard Business Mileage Rates for 2020 
  9. Report Documents Failures of Flawed Form 1023-EZ 
  10. Taxpayer Advocate Report Highlights Recent Court Challenges to Charitable Contributions