Welcome to the first Legislative Watch of 2017! The Idaho Nonprofit Center will bring you a quick round up, every two weeks, of issues relevant to Idaho's nonprofit sector.
In This Issue
Charitable Deductions Proposal
What does this mean?
Why does it matter?
Interestingly enough, 2017 marks the 100th year anniversary of the charitable deduction! Check out this great video from the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust regarding the importance of the charitable deduction.
The Johnson Amendment
What is it?
What does this mean for the nonprofit sector?
The current repeal and what we know:
What is next?
According to an article found in Nonprofit Quarterly, the repeal of the Johnson Amendment can threaten the public’s view of the contributions made towards each nonprofit's mission, vision, and values.
As of now, it has not made it any farther than draft legislation. We will continue to update our members on any changes to this amendment and what this may mean for our sector.
The Charitable Giving Coalition, of which Independent Sector is a founding and active member, will host a Hill Day to preserve the current value of the charitable deduction and expand this critical tax incentive to all taxpayers. It will take place in Washington, DC on February 16.
We are keeping an eye on this and will send information out as it becomes available. Contact your elected officials to keep up to date with important information on deductions for funding.
Find your elected officials here and here.
Check your inbox tomorrow for a legislative alert and call to action regarding this issue.
State Overtime Final Rule Resources
The Federal judge blocked the implementation of the Overtime Final Rule ruling that the U.S. Department of Labor exceeded its authority. This was stopped from going into action on December 1st, 2016.
Specifically, the Federal judge ruled: “Congress gave the Department the authority to define what type of duties qualify [for the overtime exemption] — it did not give the Department the authority to supplant the duties test and establish a salary test that causes bona fide EAP’s to suddenly lose their exemption ‘irrespective of their job duties and responsibilities.”
With this in mind, nonprofits need to understand and comply with existing Federal Fair Labor Standards Acts for all overtime compensation.
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Legislative Watch is written by Brooke Damico, a public policy student at Boise State University.
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