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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February 15, 2019

  1. Nonpartisan redistricting legislation would strengthen nonprofits' policy influence
  2. Congress and White House prevent another government shutdown
  3. Comments due next Friday on IRS guidance about UBIT on parking and transportation expenses
  4. Learn more about potential challenges to nonprofit tax exemption in 2019
  5. Legislation to politicize 501(c)(3) nonprofits reintroduced in congress
  6. NC Senate bill would allow nonprofit game nights
  7. State Board of Elections seeks public comment on photo ID rules
  8. Federal government streamlines grants with document vault
  9. NC House legislation would require more employers to use E-Verify

February 1, 2019

  1. Let Us Know: What Sector-Wide Policy Issues Would Affect Your Nonprofit?
  2. Bills Filed in NC House and Senate to Increase Access to Health Coverage
  3. Legislators Could Consider Sales Tax Legislation Affecting Nonprofits in 2019
  4. Federal Government Shutdown Demonstrates the Importance of Nonprofits
  5. New Bill in U.S. House Would Create Universal Charitable Deduction

January 25, 2019

  1. U.S. Senate fails to end government shutdown
  2. Learn more about four major state policy issues affecting nonprofits in 2019
  3. Registration still open for 2020 Census conference next Thursday
  4. New report shows impact of new UBIT provisions

January 18, 2019

  1. Partial Government Shutdown Harming Nonprofits and Communities
  2. All Three Sectors of the Economy Unite Against the Federal Government Shutdown
  3. Federal Court Orders Census Bureau to Drop Citizenship Question
  4. Let Us Know: What Sector-Wide Policy Issues Would Affect Your Nonprofit?
  5. Did Tax Law Changes Affect Year-End Giving for Your Nonprofit?
  6. Final 2018 Lobbying Reports Due Next Wednesday
  7. Coalition Offers Training on 2020 Census Preparation for Nonprofits
  8. Nonprofit Leaders Can Run for Office: Join a Free Webinar to Learn More

January 11, 2019

  1. Let Us Know: What Sector-Wide Policy Issues Would Affect Your Nonprofit?
  2. Did Tax Law Changes Affect Year-End Giving for Your Nonprofit?
  3. Political Reform Legislation Could Ease Barriers to Nonprofit Policy Influence
  4. Partial Shutdown of Federal Government Could Affect Nonprofits 
  5. Final 2018 Lobbying Reports Due by January 21
  6. Coalition Offers Training on 2020 Census Preparation for Nonprofits
  7. U.S. Supreme Court to Take Up North Carolina Redistricting Case in March
  8. Nonprofit Leaders Can Run for Office: Join a Free Webinar to Learn More

January 4, 2019

  1. Did Tax Law Changes Affect Year-End Giving for Your Nonprofit?
  2. General Assembly Overrides Veto of Elections and Lobbying Changes
  3. Partial Shutdown of Federal Government Continues
  4. IRS Accepting Public Comments on New Tax on Nonprofit Parking Expenses
  5. IRS Issues Guidance on New Tax on Highly-Compensated Nonprofit Executives
  6. Coalition Offers Training on 2020 Census Preparation for Nonprofits
  7. IRS Issues Guidance on Excluding Part-Time Employees from 403(b) Plans
  8. Legislators Override Veto of Technical Corrections Bill

December 21, 2018

  1. Photo ID requirements for voting become law
  2. U.S. House approves (but Senate will ignore) tax bill with major nonprofit implications
  3. Partial shutdown of federal government looms today
  4. Legislators could act next week to finalize elections and ethics overhaul
  5. Judge's decision striking down ACA does not immediately change health care laws
  6. Coalition offers training on 2020 Census preparation for nonprofits
  7. IRS increases standard business mileage rates for 2019

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)