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Reminders About Prohibited Political Activity and Other Considerations for Not-For-Profits in an Election Year
Posted by Brenda Booth on Tue, Apr 26, 2016 @ 04:46 PM

Elections have a tendency to permeate everything, from television coverage to social media and even conversations in the workplace. For not-for-profits, keeping politics out of the work environment is essential.

501(c)(3) organizations are, by the definition of their tax-exemption, absolutely prohibited from directly or indirectly participating in, or intervening in, any political campaign on behalf of (or in opposition to) any candidate for elective public office. As such, they should be carefully monitoring their activities and those of their employees for anything that could be deemed politicking. If organizations cross the line with engaging in politics, there could be serious penalties or loss of tax-exempt status.

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Topics: lobbying, advocacy, tax, election year, Brenda Booth, not-for-profit, IRS

Electing 501(h) Makes More Room for Lobbying
Posted by Betty Isler on Mon, Dec 14, 2015 @ 03:29 PM

Lobbying is among the most effective tools not-for-profits have to promote their causes. Not-for-profit and charitable organizations routinely lobby Congress and local governments in support of specific objectives. Whether it is to feed the homeless, rehabilitate drug abusers, support community arts, protect wetlands or serve countless other local, regional, national and international purposes, not-for-profits are permitted to engage in lobbying activities as long as they meet certain guidelines put forth by Congress and the IRS.

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Topics: lobbying, not-for-profit, Non-profits, NFP, Betty Isler

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