Warning: this opinion may be misconstrued as partisan by those who don’t read the entire post.
I find the implications of these actions as reported by Board Source below to be concerning. These policy initiatives – and others like them – suggest an assault on tax exempt charitable organizations engaged in work on public issues and community needs. It is particularly curious coming at the same time as the movement to abandon the Johnson Amendment and allow religiously affiliated nonprofits to endorse and raise funds for candidates and issues. That change has the potential to be as consequential as was the Supreme Court decision in “United” that made unlimited and anonymous political contributions by companies possible.
Discussion of “Association Health Care Plans” and re-definitions of what constitutes “unrelated income” will likely add another layer of complexity to the politics of who wins and who loses as a result of tax code changes.
As others have observed before, the use of the exemption as a political weapon by either Democrats (some of whom see trade associations as the evil empire) or Republicans (some of whom see social action organizations as the evil empire) endangers the entire nonprofit community and its essential and unique role in American democracy.
A House Republican proposal to eliminate student loan forgiveness for nonprofit and public service employment would be devastating to social services work and especially harmful to women in those fields, opponents warn. The measure is part of a larger bill, approved by committee, that would crimp loan affordability