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Quick Updates on the U.S. TAX CODE and OVERTIME PAY

Posted By John Baker, Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Here are two items that we’re watching.  We keep you updated on items like these in case you want to engage directly with the Delaware U.S. Delegation on these important matters: 

1. U.S. Department of Labor proposed overtime regulations, we alert you to an analysis that the National Council of Nonprofits (NCNP) prepared and circulated.  In the analysis, they summarize the proposal, provide legal and historical background, and offer questions we think nonprofits should consider when submitting comments to the Department of Labor.

“Because the impact of these regulations will be different for every nonprofit – depending on factors such as whether it is a large institution paying large salaries or a smaller community-based organization, and whether its revenue model is based largely on contributions or earning funds through government contracts that may not pay the presumed increased costs – we recognize that the proposed rules will be more nuanced than ‘everybody in a diverse sector loves it or hates it.” That’s why we are encouraging each organization to do its own mission-based analysis of the impact on its own operations and those it serves and to share comments directly with the Department of Labor.”  (National Council of Nonprofits)

House Education and the Workforce Committee will conduct a hearing on Thursday, July 23 entitled, "Examining the Costs and Consequences of the Administration’s Overtime Proposal." We will keep you updated as this matter develops.

2. Senate Finance Committee: Tuesday, July 21, the Committee will “markup” a bill to renew and extend through next year 55 expired tax provisions, including the IRA rollover and the enhanced deductions for donations of food inventories and land conservation easements. Committee Chairman Hatch (R-UT) has made clear that he only wants to extend the expired tax provisions (the so-called “extenders package”) through 2016 and will require all amendments to be paid for. The Thune/Stabenow amendment does not have a revenue offset, but the Senators want the record of the markup to reflect the support that does exist for the charitable provisions and to keep the issues on the table for future consideration.

As always you can contact me with any questions or comments at or 302.777.5500

- John


Tags:  Department of Labor  National Council of Nonprofits  nonprofits  overtime  taxes 

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Help Nonprofits Help Delaware with HR5806

Posted By John Baker, Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Hi All –

I come to you today to bring you the latest on three key tax incentives critical to our work.  I have talked to each of our Congressional offices in Washington and made them aware that it is critically important that our Delaware Congressional delegation votes to make the three charitable tax incentives (extenders) permanent before adjourning; our communities rely on work funded by these incentives and we are counting on their help. They need to support HR5806.

Congress has only a few more days to pass legislation to extend key charitable giving incentives on a permanent basis. Senators are expected to pass a short-term tax bill that essentially renews three charitable giving incentives for only three weeks. That’s not good enough for the people and communities that nonprofits are able to serve through donations of money from IRA rollovers, and through donations of food to food banks and land for conservation purposes.

Congress needs to make permanent the three charitable tax incentives – the IRA Rollover, the enhanced deduction for donations of food inventories and for donations of conservation easements – so that all nonprofits can plan for the future and secure support for their work.

Leaders in the House and Senate are now considering passing a separate bill to make the charitable provisions permanent. This is HR5806.

The nonprofit community is on the verge of achieving the longstanding policy goal of securing permanent extension of these key giving incentives.

Taking Action???

I have spoke with our US Delegation and believe that they are going to support HR5806, but If you want to take action, then call or email Delaware’s Congressional Delegation and ask them to:

Make the three charitable tax incentives (extenders) permanent before adjourning; our communities rely on work funded by these incentives and we are counting on your help. Vote in favor of HR5806.

By Phone:

Call the Capitol switchboard (202-224-3121) and ask to be connected to your Senators’ and Representative’s offices.

Electronic contact:

Sen. Carper:

Sen. Coons:

Rep. Carney:

Send them this message, along with any other information about how the expired giving incentives have helped your nonprofit perform work in their communities:

Make the three charitable tax incentives (extenders) permanent before adjourning; our communities rely on work funded by these incentives and we are counting on your help. Vote yes on HR5806.

Thank you and as always you can reach me at or 302.777.5500

- John

Tags:  Carney  Carper  charitable giving  Congress  Coons  Delaware  donations  nonprofits  taxes 

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Fees, taxes, and PILOTs in the City of Wilmington

Posted By John Baker, Monday, April 8, 2013

This morning, DANA CEO Chris Grundner and I met with Wilmington Mayor Williams’ Chief Strategy Advisor Velda Jones-Potter, and Chief of Staff John Matlusky. We requested the meeting as part of DANA’s Public Policy Agenda. We went there to voice our concerns about the city possibly imposing fees, taxes, or PILOTs (Payments In Lieu of Taxes) on nonprofits. Such fees have been mentioned by the Mayor as a source of revenue in Wilmington. Our position on the matter remains that we are against the imposition of fees, taxes, or PILOTs being imposed on nonprofits.

We have seen the topic of fees on nonprofits come up in years past, and they have been successfully defeated. DANA is closely watching as PILOTs are being considered in other cities around the nation, as all municipalities struggle through the current challenging economic conditions. The City of Wilmington and Delaware nonprofits alike are struggling with the same challenging economic conditions, as nonprofits aim to meet the demands of the increasing numbers of clients in need.

By maintaining an ongoing engagement with the mayor’s office, we anticipate a successful outcome from this current round of discussions regarding fees, taxes, and PILOTs. Wilmington’s Mayor Williams and his staff understand the value of the nonprofit sector and recognize us as key partners in city services. They understand that any imposition of fees will only limit our ability to address the needs of Wilmingtonians.

Chris and I left the meeting this morning with a secure understanding that there will be no fees, taxes, or PILOTs in the proposed budget for 2013 through 2014, and that Wilmington has no plan to move forward with any such imposition without thoroughly engaging Wilmington nonprofits in the discussion. In coordination with the mayor’s office, DANA will be forming a representative working-group of nonprofit leaders to meet with the mayor, his staff, and City Council representatives in the coming summer months. The focus of this group will be to gain a thorough understanding of the sector, and an aligned course going forward.

I will keep you posted with any developments. In the meantime, I may reach out to some of you to serve as representatives of the sector within this new working-group.

Thanks for reading! As always, feel free to reach out to me with any questions or comments.


Tags:  fees  Mayor Williams  nonprofits  PILOTs  Public Policy  taxes  Wilmington 

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