Public Statements

Public Statements

Letters in Support of the Taxpayer First Act

April 6, 2018. NASCO and the National Council of Nonprofits submit comments on the Discussion Draft of the bipartisan Taxpayer First Act.

National Council of Nonprofits letter can be found here.
Letter from NASCO President Karen Gano can be found here.
Letter from NASCO Past President Hugh R. Jones can be found here.

Op-Ed: Congress, Defend the Common Law and Common Sense of Nonpartisanship

September 7, 2017. Karen Gano, NASCO President, and Tim Delaney, President and CEO of the National Council of Nonprofits, publish an article opposing the Johnson Amendment. Read the full text of the article here.

NASCO Letter to Congressional Leaders regarding the Johnson Amendment

August 23, 2017. NASCO President Karen  Gano writes to Congressional Leaders expressing NASCO’s concern about efforts to repeal or weaken the so-called “Johnson Amendment” which prohibits 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organizations from endorsing, opposing, or contributing to the campaigns of candidates for public office. Read the full text of the letter here.

NASCO Letter to Senator Orrin Hatch on Senate Bill No. 1343,  The Charities Helping Americans Regularly Throughout the Year Act of 2017

July 17, 2017. NASCO President Karen Gano writes to the Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee to urge passage of the Charities Helping Americans Regularly Throughout the Year Act of 2017. Read the full text of the letter here.

NASCO Letter to the Members of the Senate Finance Working Group on Business Income Tax

April 9, 2015. NASCO President Janet M. Kleinfleter writes to the members of the Senate Finance Working Group to express NASCO’s strong support for tax reform that would require all tax-exempt nonprofits to file their IRS Form 990s electronically, and require the IRS to release 990 data in  a machine-readable format. Read the full text of the letter here.

NASCO Letter to Congressman David Camp on Tax Reform Discussion

June 9, 2014. NASCO President Alissa Hecht Gardenswartz writes to the Chairman of the House Committee on Ways and Means to express NASCO’s strong support for the provisions requiring all nonprofits to file their IRS Form 990s electronically and requiring the IRS to release 990 data in a machine-readable format. Read the full text of the letter here.

NASCO Letter on Concerns About IRS Implementation of the 1023-EZ

May 23, 2014. Following a conversation with the Commissioner of the IRS Tax Exempt and Government Exempt Entities Division and the Director  of Exempt Organizations, NASCO reiterated their concerns in a letter from Alissa Hecht Gardenswartz. Read the full text of the letter here.

NASCO Submits Comment on Proposed Form 1023-EZ

May 1, 2014. NASCO submits comments to the US Department of Treasury recommending against the proposed Form 1023-EZ, citing the 2012 ACT Report and endorsing ACT’s reasons for recommending against development of an abbreviated application for tax-exempt status. See NASCO’s comments to Treasury and suggestion for embracing electronic filing as a more effective alternative to achieving accountability, transparency, and efficiency here.

NASCO Letter to Senator Max Baucus on Chairman’s Staff Tax Administration Discussion

January 15, 2014. NASCO President Alissa Hecht Gardenswartz writes to the Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee to express NASCO’s support for the proposal that all nonprofits be required to file their IRS form 990s electronically, and that the IRS be required to release 990 data in a machine-readable format. Read the full text of the letter here.

 Internet and Social Media Solicitations: Wise Giving Tips

Charities use a wide variety of methods to solicit charitable donations.  New and powerful technologies utilize not just the internet and email, but also social media and mobile phones.  Today, a volunteer can create a fundraising page and start soliciting on behalf of a charity in minutes.  So, too, can a fraudster.  To help charities and fundraising platforms understand their rights and obligations in this rapidly evolving fundraising environment, and to help donors make wise giving decisions, state charity regulators offer the following tips.

Federal/State Information Sharing Letter

October 28, 2011. Attorneys General of the various States and the National Association of Attorneys General sent a letter to Chairman Baucus and Ranking Member Orrin Hatch of the United States Senate’s Committee on Finance regarding the sharing of certain information between the Internal Revenue Service and State Charity Regulators (Attorneys General). This document is available for download here.