Public Policy Updates

Public Policy Updates are 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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December 14, 2018

  1. Revised U.S. House tax bill would change nonpartisanship and UBIT laws for nonprofits
  2. Legislators approve elections and ethics overhaul that eliminates some nonprofit reporting
  3. IRS issues initial guidance on new tax on nonprofit parking and transportation expenses
  4. U.S. Senate votes to undo IRS donor disclosure rule for non-501(c)(3) nonprofits
  5. Partial shutdown of federal government looms next week
  6. Technical corrections bill sends mixed messages on state funding of nonprofits
  7. Farm bill does not add work requirements for SNAP

December 7, 2018

  1. N.C. Senate approves voter ID requirements
  2. Congress delays vote on spending bill that threatens nonprofit nonpartisanship
  3. Governor signs bill extending hurricane infrastructure support to nonprofits
  4. N.C. Senate approves bill to dissolve six state boards and commissions
  5. Legislation allows for state to disburse funds to entities unable to prove 501(c)(3) status
  6. House legislation would restructure state oversight of lobbying, ethics, and elections
  7. Bill would create automatic voter registration and same-day registration

November 30, 2018

  1. U.S. House to consider repeal of tax on nonprofit parking and transit expenses
  2. N.C. Senate approves voter ID requirements
  3. Take 5 minutes next Tuesday to protect nonprofit nonpartisanship
  4. New state hurricane relief legislation extends infrastructure support to nonprofits
  5. Other tax legislation provisions could affect nonprofits
  6. New congressional leaders encouraged to promote stronger nonprofits and communities
  7. Reminder: Public comments due in 10 days on DHS "Public Charge" proposed regulations
  8. Federal hurricane relief program

November 20, 2018

  1. Legislators likely to approve voter ID requirements next week
  2. Congress could make final push to politicize nonprofits next month
  3. Hurricane tax relief legislation includes limited support for nonprofits
  4. Public comments due by December 10 on DHS "Public Charge" proposed regulations
  5. NCDOT seeks input on the state's transportation future

November 9, 2018

  1. Voters approve four of six constitutional amendments
  2. Lower income tax cap could eventually affect nonprofits
  3. General Assembly returns to session on November 27
  4. Congress prepares for lame-duck session
  5. Learn more about voter turnout in 2018 Election and what it means for nonprofits
  6. Public comments due by December 10 on DHS "Public Charge" proposed regulations

November 2, 2018

  1. Election Day is next Tuesday
  2. White House and Congress look to offset federal deficit with spending cuts
  3. Proposed regulations would let employers offer HRAs for employees to buy health insurance
  4. Public comments due by December 10 on DHS "Public Charge" proposed regulations

October 19, 2018

  1. Early Voting is Open through November 3
  2. Legislators Approve Hurricane Relief Funding
  3. Learn About How Constitutional Amendments Would Affect Nonprofits
  4. Third Quarter Lobbying Reports Are Due Today
  5. Report Finds IRS Has Largely Ignored Impermissible Political Activities by 501(c)(4)s
  6. DOL Announces Plans to Release New Overtime Regulations in March 2019

October 12, 2018

  1. Today is the voter registration deadline in much of North Carolina
  2. Congressional bill would provide minimal tax incentive for contributions to hurricane relief work
  3. Learn about how constitutional amendments would affect nonprofits
  4. Learn what the candidates have to say about nonprofits
  5. Third quarter lobbying reports are due next Friday

October 5, 2018

  1. State legislators approve hurricane recovery appropriations and voting changes
  2. Learn what the candidates have to say about nonprofits
  3. Take 3 minutes to report on your National Voter Registration Day activities
  4. Get ready for (nonpartisan) engagement in this fall's election

September 28, 2018

  1. Learn what the candidates have to say about nonprofits
  2. Johnson Amendment remains intact (at least through December)
  3. State legislators to return to raleigh next week to address hurricane recovery
  4. Variety of state agencies offer leniency to hurricane victims
  5. Take 3 minutes to report on your National Voter Registration Day activities
  6. Report finds high rejection rate for Public Student Loan Forgiveness applications
  7. IRS issues guidance clarifying that nonprofits are ineligible for paid leave tax credit
  8. DHS releases proposed "public charge" regulations

September 21, 2018

  1. Let us know how we can assist your nonprofit with hurricane recovery
  2. Threat to Johnson Amendment remains in play
  3. Variety of government agencies offer leniency to hurricane victims
  4. National Voter Registration Day is next Tuesday
  5. New research shows negative impact of tax cap constitutional amendment
  6. Coming soon: learn what the candidates have to say about nonprofits
  7. Postal service proposal would ban merchandise from marketing mail
  8. New EPA rules vary from Uniform Guidance indirect cost policies

September 7, 2018

  1. Ballots for November election (finally) finalized after court and legislative action
  2. Nonprofit nonpartisanship under renewed attack from President and some in Congress
  3. IRS clarifies that new guidance does not affect deductibility of charitable contributions by Businesses
  4. New report highlights security issues surrounding 2020 U.S. Census
  5. Congressional legislation would require all employers to use E-Verify

August 24, 2018

  1. IRS issues preliminary guidance (and seeks public comment) on siloing of UBIT
  2. IRS issues proposed regulations that could weaken state tax credits for charitable contribution
  3. Court (for now) blocks two constitutional amendments from appearing on ballot
  4. Western NC city considering implementing nonprofit payments in lieu of taxes
  5. DOR issues directive on out-of-state sales tax collection
  6. Encourage candidates from your area to complete a short nonprofit questionnaire
  7. Census citizenship question draws public comments
  8. Sign up as a partner for National Voter Registration Day (September 25)

August 17, 2018

  1. Center opposes four constitutional amendments that could harm nonprofits
  2. Encourage candidates from your area to complete a short nonprofit questionnaire
  3. Sign up as a partner for National Voter Registration Day (September 25)
  4. New congressional legislation would create flexible giving accounts

August 3, 2018

  1. Take action by August 7: Share your concerns about the U.S. Census citizenship question
  2. U.S. Senate approves appropriations bill that would preserve Johnson Amendment enforcement
  3. General Assembly votes to remove captions from constitutional amendments
  4. Sign up as a partner for National Voter Registration Day (September 25)

July 27, 2018

  1. General Assembly votes to remove captions from constitutional amendments
  2. U.S. Senate considers appropriations bill that preserves Johnson Amendment enforcement
  3. U.S. House committee releases future tax reform framework
  4. Sign up as a partner for National Voter Registration Day (September 25)
  5. Take action by August 7: Share your concerns about the U.S. Census citizenship question

July 20, 2018

  1. Act by next Wednesday: Comment on constitutional amendment descriptions
  2. U.S. House approves bill to weaken enforcement of Johnson Amendment
  3. Center offers guidance for how 501(c)(3) nonprofits can take action on constitutional amendments
  4. NC Congressman introduces bill to eliminate new taxes on nonprofits
  5. Second quarter lobbying reports are due today
  6. IRS removes donor disclosure requirement for non-501(c)(3) nonprofits
  7. Take action by August 7: Share your concerns about the U.S. Census citizenship question

July 13, 2018

  1. Center offers guidance for how 501(c)(3) nonprofits can take action on constitutional amendments
  2. Income tax cap constitutional amendment could be harmful to nonprofits
  3. U.S. Census Bureau seeks public comments on citizenship question
  4. Second quarter lobbying reports are due next Friday
  5. Report documents failures of flawed Form 1023-EZ
  6. Bill would expand Student Loan Forgiveness Program
  7. Join free webinar on engaging with candidates (in a nonpartisan way)

June 29, 2018

  1. Legislators approve constitutional amendment to cap state income tax rate at 7%
  2. Legislators place voter ID on ballot in November
  3. Amendment would change appointment process for state boards and commissions
  4. Coming Soon: Guidance for how 501(c)(3) nonprofits can take action on ballot initiatives
  5. Bill filed in Congress to repeal new taxes on nonprofits
  6. New law authorizes greater scrutiny of nonprofits with state funds
  7. New law expands opportunities for certain charitable fundraising events
  8. Lobbying registration transferred to State Board of Elections and Ethics Enforcement
  9. General Assembly passes legislation to make changes to early voting
  10. State legislature to return for another session in November
  11. U.S. Census Bureau seeks public comments on citizenship question
  12. U.S. Senate rejects spending cuts bill

June 22, 2018

  1. Legislators move closer to approving constitutional amendment that could harm nonprofits
  2. House committee approves bill to put voter ID on ballot in November
  3. Reminder: 501(c)(3) nonprofits can take action on ballot initiatives
  4. National Council of Nonprofits releases fact sheet on Trump Foundation and Johnson Amendment
  5. Momentum growing for IRS to delay implementation of new UBIT rules
  6. General Assembly passes legislation to authorize greater scrutiny of nonprofits with state funds
  7. Legislators approve bill to expand opportunities for certain charitable fundraising events
  8. General Assembly passes legislation to make changes to early voting
  9. Legislators pass bill requiring more nonprofits to file UI reports electronically
  10. DOL issues final rulemaking on association health plans

June 15, 2018

  1. Take Action: Voice your opposition to constitutional amendment that could harm nonprofits
  2. N.C. Senate passes legislation to authorize greater scrutiny of nonprofits with state funds
  3. Congressional committee approves provision to weaken enforcement of Johnson Amendment
  4. N.C. House votes down Senate bill to allow unregulated nonprofit health benefit plans
  5. N.C. Senate approves bill to expand opportunities for certain charitable fundraising events
  6. General Assembly overrides Governor Cooper's veto of state budget
  7. N.C. House approves changes to early voting period
  8. New congressional bill would limit use of charitable contributions to colleges and universities
  9. General Assembly approves bill to simplify process for donations of cars to nonprofits
  10. Legislators approve changes to people-first language in state laws
  11. N.C. Senate approves bill to change rulemaking process
  12. N.C. Senate approves bill requiring more nonprofits to file UI reports electronically

June 8, 2018

  1. N.C. Senate considering legislation that could improve health care options for nonprofit staff
  2. State constitutional amendment could harm nonprofits
  3. Center staff speak up for North Carolina nonprofits on Capitol Hill
  4. New legislation would put voter ID on ballot in November
  5. N.C. Senate overrides Governor Cooper's veto of state budget
  6. N.C. Senate bill would expand opportunities for certain charitable fundraising events
  7. New legislation would simplify process for donations of cars to nonprofits
  8. N.C. Senate approves changes to people-first language in state laws
  9. State legislation would change rulemaking process

June 1, 2018

  1. Many provisions in newly-approved state budget affect nonprofits
  2. Congress and White House seek to weaken enforcement of Johnson Amendment
  3. New elections legislation would strengthen nonprofits' voices
  4. New report highlights impact of tax reform on charitable deductions
  5. Reminer: Some nonprofits need to pay quarterly estimated taxes (for the first time) by June 15
  6. U.S. House fails to pass farm bill with SNAP work requirements
  7. Congressional committee approves bill with new TANF restrictions
  8. Legislation introduced to change state contract renewals
  9. GDPR may apply to some US nonprofits