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IRS and 501(c)(4)s

Posted By John Baker, Thursday, February 27, 2014

Hi All –

Just want to update you on an issue that DANA has been watching and working on with our National Council of Nonprofits: the IRS’s proposed rules and comment period for these proposed rules. Our concern is that these proposed rules could result in the limitation of 501(c)(3)'s ability to promote their missions. Please see the summary of public comments filed by the National Council of Nonprofits in response to the proposed Treasury/IRS regulations involving 501(c)(4) social welfare organizations:

Treasury/IRS Proposed Regulations

  • Begin by identifying the core problem to be solved – the serious need for corrective action to stop the use of 501(c)(4) social welfare organizations for partisan political purposes, that is, among other things, causing confusion with and harming the work of 501(c)(3) charitable nonprofits;
  • Present principles for solving the core problem in a way that protects and promotes rather than impedes the significant contributions that charitable nonprofits and social welfare organizations make in their communities;
  • Apply those principles by showing how the proposed regulations would negatively affect the ability of 501(c)(3) charitable nonprofits to advance their individual missions and their collective role in ensuring a strong democracy; and
  • Conclude by calling on the Treasury Department and the IRS to withdraw the proposed regulations and begin anew with the guiding principles in mind, and by calling on Congress to address the significant statutory issues that are beyond the scope of rulemaking authority.

As always, if you have any questions or comments please contact me at jbaker@delawarenonprofit.org or 302.777.5500

-John

Tags:  IRS  National Council of Nonprofits  nonprofits  regulations  treasury 

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