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Federal Legislation & Issues

Now What: How the New Federal Tax Law Impacts Charitable Nonprofits

The federal Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, enacted just days before the New Year, contains sweeping changes. Those changes create immediate uncertainty about compliance challenges and certain threats as states scramble to change their own tax laws and spending plans in ways that could impact your nonprofit’s mission.

Click here to listen to a nationwide webinar, Now What: How the New Federal Tax Law Impacts Charitable Nonprofits to learn what operational changes you may need to make right away, what you need to know about related state and local policy changes, and other items that will affect your nonprofit and the people you serve.

Operational Issues: The federal tax bill was signed just 10 days before it went into effect, giving no one time to adjust in advance. Everyone is playing catch up. What payroll and other operational changes are needed immediately? What tax changes apply specifically to nonprofits as employers and organizations, and which ones apply to all employers and organizations? And when is the IRS likely to give all of us clear guidance, forms we can use, etc.?

Related State Law Changes: State and local governments must balance their current fiscal year budgets (typically ending June 30), meaning they have little time to adjust to unexpected budget shortfalls created by the new federal tax law. What changes might your state and local governments make in reaction to the new federal law that could impact the work of your nonprofit if you don’t speak up? What will changes made by state and local governments mean for spending levels, tax exemptions, and imposition of new taxes, fees, and payments in lieu of taxes (PILOTs) that target nonprofits?

And More: Many questions are still being formulated and answers still evolving. What else is likely coming at charitable nonprofits in the coming weeks and months? Where can people find reliable information?

Michigan Nonprofit Association Opposes Efforts to Politicize Charitable Nonprofits and Foundations

21 March 2017
Michigan Nonprofit Association joins with other leaders of our charitable nonprofit sector in opposing efforts through legislation or Executive Order to eliminate or weaken the Johnson Amendment that prohibits 501(c)(3) charitable organizations from endorsing, opposing or contributing to political candidates and engaging in partisan campaign activities. 501(c)(3) organizations should remain above the political fray, advocating and informing but not engaging in political activity.

MNA's full position statement is available here.

Click here to sign on to the Community Letter in Support of Nonpartisanship from the National Council of Nonprofits.


Nonprofit Advocacy Matters

The National Council of Nonprofits provides MNA's members access to public policy, training, and education resources at the national level. Nonprofit Advocacy Matters is a bi-weekly newsletter on policy issues affecting the nonprofit sector. Click here to access the most recent issue of Nonprofit Advocacy Matters.