Category Archives: Congressional ax

Congressional Watchdog Releases IRS Report Card

How are the recent congressional budget cuts affecting the IRS’s exempt organizations division? With growing concern about the effectiveness of IRS oversight of exempt organizations, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), an independent, non-partisan congressional watchdog, was asked to prepare … Continue reading

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Proposed SUN Act Requires Increased Nonprofit Transparency

Senator Jon Tester (D-Mont.) recently introduced the Sunlight for Unaccountable Nonprofits Act (The SUN Act), which would require that already public information about nonprofits (specifically, that included on their annual information returns) be made available to the public at no … Continue reading

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501(c)(4) Scandal Focuses In on IRS’s Political Bias

Democrats and Republicans on a Senate investigative panel reviewing the so-called tea party scandal agree that the IRS used improper methods to scrutinize the exemption applications of social welfare organizations. But the agreement stops there. The Democrat-led Permanent Subcommittee on … Continue reading

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Coats Bill Requires Warning Before Automatic Revocation

Nonprofit organizations that fail to file their annual information returns for three consecutive years, regardless of the size of the organization, automatically lose their exemption. According to Senator Dan Coats (R-Ind.), this has caused more than 550,000 nonprofits to lose … Continue reading

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Congress Votes to Hold Lerner in Contempt

As we tweeted last week, the House voted to hold Lois Lerner in contempt of Congress. The vote was largely along party lines, with six Democrats voting with the Republicans. Lerner has now joined an exclusive list of government officials … Continue reading

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Florida Considering Tightening the Reigns on Charities and Fundraisers

Remember when we told you about the nation’s 50 worst charities? Florida’s lawmakers noticed that 11 of those worst offenders were based in Florida. In an effort to clean up Florida’s charities, Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam has proposed a plan … Continue reading

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Big Trouble for College Football?

Today the Chicago District of the National Relations Board ruled that football players at Northwestern University are employees and can unionize. The Board found that players’ scholarships are tied directly to their performance on the field, they are working between … Continue reading

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Extending Time for Charitable Donations

Have you ever experienced the anxiety of making all of your charitable donations before December 31? The Charitable Giving Extension Act, introduced by House Ways and Means Committee member Mike Kelly (R-Pa), would allow you to focus on present giving … Continue reading

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How do You Measure a Nonprofit’s Effectiveness?

Earlier this week, we blogged about a letter from three prominent organizations strongly refuting the use of overhead costs to measure a nonprofit’s effectiveness. But, in seemingly direct contradiction to this letter, a new Oregon law requires that nonprofits spend … Continue reading


Will High Admin Costs Mean No State Charitable Deduction?

What if high admin costs caused your nonprofit to lose the ability to take donations that received a state charitable deduction? The Oregon legislature is considering a bill that will do just that. The bill mandates that charities devoting less … Continue reading

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