Tax and Regulatory Issues

Friday, January 5, 2018
Newman's Own Threatened With Punitive Tax After Exemption Nixed From Tax Overhaul

WESTPORT, CT -- Newman’s Own, the Westport food company founded by Paul Newman, faces a crippling tax penalty that threatens the iconic Connecticut’s company’s philanthropic mission.  Newman’s Own Foundation owns 100 percent of Newman’s Own food company. The IRS gave the foundation five years to divest from the company. In 2013, it was granted another five-year waiver, which is set to expire in November. When it does, the IRS will levy a 200 percent tax on the foundation’s assets.  There are about 25 other charities based on the Newman's Own model, with a for-profit company on one side and a foundation funneling those profits into philanthropy on the other, Forrester said. He plans to return to Washington and redouble his push for a legislative solution. “We’re committed to this, and we’re going to fight for this,” he said. “I think these next six weeks are going to decide things.”

Tuesday, January 2, 2018
Glitch In GOP Tax Bill Creates Uncertain Future For Newman’s Own

WESTPORT, CT -- A glitch in the Republican tax overhaul has created an uncertain future for Newman’s Own Foundation and the food company it operates. Under the 1969 tax law, Newman’s Own had five years to divest itself from the business after Newman’s death in 2008, or face a 200 percent tax on its assets. Newman’s Own was able to get congressional support for a waiver to extend that an additional five years. That waiver expires in November 2018.

Wednesday, December 27, 2017
Connecticut Nonprofits Fear Tax Bill Could Lead To Decrease In Donations

HARETFORD, CT -- Already squeezed by the state’s persistent budget woes, nonprofits in Connecticut are bracing for a potential drop-off in donations due to changes in the sweeping tax bill that President Donald Trump signed into law last week. The Hartford Courant includes quotes from CCP President Karla Fortunato and CCP members: Rick Porth of United Way of Connecticut, and Sally Weisman and Deborah Rothstein of Hartford Foundation for Public Giving. 

Friday, December 1, 2017
Nonprofits and Grantmakers Bear the Weight of CT's Enduring Budget Crisis

WASHINGTON, DC -- Christine Stuart, the editor of CT News Junkie, a popular blog about Connecticut’s politics and public policy, reports on how community-based nonprofits are adjusting to recent state budget cuts, following years of underfunding. Mentioned in the article are the results of Connecticut Council for Philanthropy's member survey and Hartford Foundation for Public Giving's planned to offer $1 million to help nonprofit organizations adjust to Connecticut state budget cuts.