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.
The firestorm unleashed by Friday’s admission by IRS officials that the agency had targeted some applications for tax-exempt recognition based on political keywords like “conservative” and “Tea Party” continues.
Much of the most valuable programs and services of the federal government are delivered by nonprofits. That goes double for U.S. humanitarian and development assistance, where NGOs are critical players in delivering foreign aid to countries in need. Shouldn’t the USAID budget be a top priority advocacy item for the U.S. nonprofit sector?
Rick Cohen collects a cavalcade of columnists who have spoken out against the President’s proposed 28% cap on deductions. Their domination of op-ed writing has framed much of the policy debate around modifying the charitable deduction.
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.
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 nonprofit sector reacted with parochial panic about proposed changes to the charitable deduction, but shouldn’t it have paid more mind to the devastating blow dealt by sequestration budget cuts? Were we tricked?