Welcome to our second Legislative Watch of the 2018 session. If you missed our last newsletter, make sure to take a look at the proposed state bills we are tracking.
In This Issue:
The Johnson Amendment
As mentioned in our prior newsletter, the Johnson Amendment has been left alone for the time being. We will continue to update our members with the current news concerning that topic.
Proposed State Bills
If you missed our first Legislative Watch, make sure to take a peek at the proposed state bills in draft form that we are currently tracking. These bills include: Idaho State Income Tax Credit for Certain Charitable Contributions (Bill 63-3029c) and Election Transparency (Bill 67-660).
Click here for more information on the proposed bills.
New Federal Tax Law
As we highlighted in our last Legislative Watch, the tax reform is causing nonprofits stress over charitable donations and yearly giving. According to the National Council of Nonprofits, here is a 2018 Tax Law Checklist (updated Feb, 1, 2018), in order to better understand what’s next for nonprofit board and staff members. That document can be viewed here.
Still feeling uneasy about the tax reform? Check out these resources for more information and some peace of mind:
With the current climate our sector is facing, employees may be worried about their quality of life as well as their compensation rates. As John Pratt and Dr. Paul Light mention in their article Sources of Attitudes on Nonprofit Compensation: A Conversation with Paul Light, many people assume that charitable workers should take a “discount” or “pay cut” when it comes to working in this field, because “they have signed up to help others.” Light and Pratt show that this could be because of nonprofit transparency, which attracts public exposure. This has ended up leading to scrutiny within our sector, and a worry for employee compensation.
Keeping up with Current Bills
Keeping up with the current bills this legislative session is incredibly important in our work. Are you up to date with what’s being heard in the capital this session? My Bill Tracker is a real-time web-based bill tracking system that allows users to follow and track legislation throughout the legislative bill process.
By maintaining lists of legislation, users are able to follow the progress of the legislation they are interested in without having to sort or search through an entire years’ worth of work from the legislature. Learn how to set up a bill tracker here.
2020 Census To Keep Racial, Ethnic Categories Used In 2010 – “If approved, the proposals would change how the Latino population is counted and create a new checkbox on federal surveys for people with roots in the Middle East or North Africa” (Lo Wang, 2018). This could potentially improve the accuracy of the national headcount in 2020.
Possible Shutdown – If Congress is unable to make a budget decision by February 8, there could be another government shutdown in place. With issues regarding end of the year fiscal spending, negotiators are trying to decide where to allocate funds. Issues continue to float with no resolutions such as: “Dreamers/Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA); hurricane/wildfire emergency funding; renewal of funding for community health centers; whether to include language to repeal or weaken the longstanding protections of the Johnson Amendment”
(National Council of Nonprofits, 2018). Official decisions have yet to be made, and negotiations continue.
New Withholding Rules Under the New Tax Law – The IRS issued a Notice to extend the effective period for existing W-4 forms to the end of February and permit employees to claim exemption from withholding for 2018 by using the 2017 forms.
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