How The GOP’s Proposed Tax Plan Will Hurt Nonprofit Giving

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Last week, the Republican controlled congress released details on proposed changes to the US tax code that would usher in sweeping changes, most of which are not good news for nonprofits. Here’s a breakdown of what you need to keep an eye on. Charitable Deduction Limits Plus Added Complexity The Republican’s bill is perhaps best described as giving with one hand while taking away with several others. On one hand the …

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Why Nonprofits Need To Keep An Eye On The Unfolding Tax Plan Debate

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Although any potential change to the US tax code as it related to charitable deductions is cause for some degree of concern, the plans being proposed by the Trump administration and the GOP are both worth your added attention and here’s what you need to know. One key change is the reduced incentive for filers to take advantage of itemized deductions, specifically, donations made to nonprofits. Although both the Trump and …

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Congress Pushes Back Against Arts Cuts

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Although the Trump administration may consider the arts and humanities as nothing but waste, it appears Congress doesn’t share such a dim view. On Monday, May 1 congress reached a budget agreement that matins existing funding and proposes modest increases for 2017 (h/t @Americans4Arts). PROGRAMS 2016 Appropriations (in millions) Proposed funding through 9/30/17 National Endowment for the Arts $148 $150 National Endowment for Humanities $148 $150 Assistance for Arts Education through …

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The Latest Item For Your Government Affairs Committee

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Unless your operating environment is under a rock, you’re probably well aware of plans to defund and eliminate the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). But were you aware of an executive order signed on 3/13/17 that attempts to provide the Trump administration with a back door to gut those agencies in the event that Congress pushes back? The executive order is the equivalent …

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Culture Wars 2.0

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It’s becoming increasingly difficult to ignore rising pressure from government sources against arts and culture. The most noticeable example is the Trump administration’s attempt to disband the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), but there are more machinations afoot indicating increased interest in suppressing art and culture, especially if it is in any way deemed politically subversive. The 2/17/2017 edition of the Carroll County …

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