Tax and Regulatory Issues

44 Towns Deny Property Tax Exemptions for Nonprofits

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HARTFORD, CT — Every four years since 1965, nonprofits have been required to remind municipal tax assessors why they should be exempt from property taxes. But according to a member survey conducted by the Connecticut Community Nonprofit Alliance, municipalities have been denying those tax exemptions on an increasing basis. About two thirds of the 35 nonprofits responding to the survey said their properties - which had a history of being tax exempt and had no changes of use - were suddenly being denied tax exemptions in 44 towns.

Charitable Giving Under Threat with New Tax Law

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HARTFORD, CT -- David Obedzinski, president of the Community Foundation of Greater New Britain, voices his concerns about changes in the federal tax law that may negatively impact charitable giving in 2018. He encourages increased volunteering and giving to nonprofits, "Let's work together to shift the focus to what's best for our community without leaning on a potential tax deduction as a motivator. Let's do it for the right reasons, together, as one generous nation, indivisible and with care for all."

Budget deal has plenty for Connecticut

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WASHINGTON, DC -- In rare bipartisan agreement, Congress on Friday approved a massive budget deal that will increase federal spending in Connecticut, providing big boosts for the state’s defense industry and health care programs and even helping schools educate displaced students from Puerto Rico. ...A new measure was added to the extenders package that would help Westport’s Newman’s Own Foundation, which gives 100 percent of the profits made from the Newman’s Own food business to charity, but would have been hit with a 200 percent tax this year unless it divested or got the exception.

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As Tax Deadline Looms, Newman’s Own Marks $500M Milestone

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NORWALK, CT -- Newman’s Own Foundation has reached the milestone of $500 million in donations since 1982, when the late actor Paul Newman began selling salad dressing and devoting profits to charities. But the foundation is inching closer to a self-proclaimed April deadline at which point it has indicated it could begin the process of soliciting buyers for the operating company that has been the engine that generates its funds. That would happen if Congress does not create an exemption for huge excise taxes it faces under the new Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.

The Tax Cuts Are a Bad Deal for Charities

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NEW YORK, NY -- Philanthropic organizations have been on edge since Republicans rammed through the monumental tax bill: Will Americans give as generously now that the incentives have completely shifted? Findings suggest that the the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 may deal a particularly devastating blow to charities that make up the private social safety net . . .