It’s been a week since the bombshell admission by IRS Exempt Organizations (EO) Director Lois Lerner that the IRS had targeted for special scrutiny conservative groups seeking tax-exempt recognition under Section 501(c)4 of the Internal Revenue Code. NPQ has been reporting on this all week, and the story has moved so fast that the Treasury Department investigation report that precipitated the furor has almost been lost in the rush.
By its own admission, between 2010 and 2012, the IRS subjected groups to extra scrutiny based on buzzwords like “tea party” and “patriot” in their names. We would love to hear from you on this turn of events. What should be the nonprofit sector’s response?
In Part II of the Cohen Report’s review of President Obama’s proposed Fiscal Year 2014 budget, Rick Cohen examines elements of the budget with specific meaning for nonprofit sector capacity and productivity. Together with Part I here, examine the picture that the budget paints for nonprofits—challenges that go to the fundamental role of nonprofits in society and to the willingness and ability of the federal government to protect and sustain nonprofit capacity.
Few things are more loathed by the public than taxes, and our cultural models encourage us to view government as something to be resisted and our tax system as a faulty or rigged vending machine. So how do we change these entrenched ways of thinking? The FrameWorks Institute has some ideas.
The President’s FY2014 budget proposal is out! What does it say to the nonprofit sector? Rick Cohen does a deep dive into the budget to find implications for nonprofits—much more than the charitable deduction. Read Part I here, Part II next week.
The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities has revised its state-by-state analysis of sequestration cuts. After a while, it’s just so many numbers, right? But there are real people in trouble behind these numbers.