Q: If the pen is mightier than the sword, what's mightier than the pen?

11 July 2018 Published in News & Updates

A:  You and your phone.

Over the last several months, our united voice protected nonprofit nonpartisanship from several well-funded attempts to infuse politics into nonprofits. We did this by picking up our phones and calling our senators and representatives. It was easy - and more importantly - effective. But those well-funded special interests? They didn't give up. They’re back with an expanded mission.

But we are still here. And we have our phones, our tweets and our email -  and we know how to use them.

Join with UNA and nonprofits all across the country to protect nonprofit wellbeing from three threats: Infusing politics in to nonprofits, taxing tax-exempt organizations, and the detrimental impact of an unfair, inaccurate and incomplete census. 

KEEP POLITICS OUT OF NONPROFITS.
What’s the Problem?
The US House of Representatives is expected to take action week to undermine the longstanding Johnson Amendment. Language to effectively block the Johnson Amendment, the longstanding provision of tax law that protects charitable nonprofits, houses of worship, and foundations from demands from politicians and others for endorsements and other support, was added to section 112 to the Financial Services and Government Appropriations bill for fiscal year 2019 which begins October 1.
What’s Our Action Item?
First, read the letter in opposition to Section 112. Then call, email, write, and tweet your representatives.(Contact information for Utah's members of the house of representatives follows.) Send them this message: Partisanship has NO place in charitable organizations – whether houses of worship, charitable nonprofits, or private foundations. Vote to remove Section 112 from the FSGG bill.

Rep. Rob Bishop UT 1st
Phone: 202.225.0453
Email: Rob.bishop@mail.house.gov
Twitter:
.@RebRobBiship

Rep. Chris Stewart UT 2nd
Phone: 202.225.9730
Email: christopher.stewart@mail.house.gov
Twitter: .@RepChrisStewart

Rep. John Curtis UT 3rd
Phone: 202.225.7751
Email: Unavailable
Twitter:.@RepJohnCurtis

Rep. Mia Love UT 4th
Phone: 202.225.7751
Email: Unavailable
Twitter: .@RepMialove


Don’t know your representative? Find your rep here.

THE FEDERAL TAX LAW TAXES TAX-EXEMPT ORGANIZATIONS - WITHOUT CLEAR GUIDANCE
What’s the Problem?
The Federal tax law enacted in December lacks clear guidance on compliance.  Many nonprofits are already required to make estimated tax payments based on this new tax law that is largely indecipherable.Among other things, the Bill imposes a 21% tax on all kinds of nonprofits – including churches – for providing employee transportation benefits. 
What’s Our Action Item?
Go to the IRS public comment form and insist that Treasury and the IRS delay implementing the two new UBIT subsections until one year after Final Rules are promulgated. (Fill in "Form 990-T" in the line: Form/Instruction/Publication Number.)

SUPPORT AND PROTECT THE FAIR, ACCURATE, AND COMPLETE CENSUS MANDATED BY THE CONSTITUTION
What’s the Problem?
In March, Commerce Secretary Ross announced his intention to add a citizenship question to the 2020 Census. We believe that a citizen question would suppress response rates in immigrant communities, increase costs to taxpayers in administering the census, and lead to misallocation of government resources in ways that hurt businesses, governments, and nonprofits.
What’s our Action Item?
Tell the Census Bureau that it must not include a citizenship question on the 2020 census questionnaire. You can go directly to the Census Bureau comment form or submit prepared comments using the Census Counts website. Need more talking points? Our colleagues at Forefront in Illinois have prepared helpful talking points and social media messaging for everyone’s use.