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  • Based on the Center’s recommendations, the House included a provision in its regulatory reform bill (H.B. 760) to establish a new Government-Nonprofit Contracting Task Force. The 13-member task force would be comprised of state legislators, key executive branch officials, and nonprofit representatives.

  • On March 4, the N.C. House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved an amendment to  a bill (S.20) that would have protected the state tax treatment of charitable contributions that seniors make from their individual retirement accounts (IRAs). Thanks to Rep. Rick Catlin (R-New Hanover) for sponsoring the amendment, which passed by a 109-7 vote.

  • Nonprofit tax exemption is essential for all North Carolinians.

    North Carolina nonprofits are presently exempt from virtually all state and local taxes, except for state sales tax.  It is important to maintain documentation detailing your organizations tax-exempt status, such as its letter of determination from the IRS, at all times.  If your letter of determination has been misplaced or otherwise lost, you may easily 

  • Unemployment insurance is an important part of the social safety net that helps workers who have been laid off or terminated without cause to transition into new jobs by providing them with limited, temporary financial assistance. The Division of Employment Security at the NC Department of Commerce manages North Carolina’s unemployment system.

    Here is some basic information about how the state’s unemployment system affects nonprofits.

  • At the Center’s recommendation, both the House and Senate included a provision in their regulatory reform bills that could save money for many small nonprofits with fewer than three employees. Under state law, any employer with three or more employees is required to purchase workers’ compensation insurance. The definition of “employee” in the current law includes nonprofit board officers, meaning that small nonprofits with three or more board officers (i.e. almost all nonprofits) are required to take on an often unnecessary expense.

  • In 2011, the N.C. House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed H.B. 886, which would bring the North Carolina corporate tax deduction for charitable contributions into conformance with federal law. This would help more small businesses contribute to nonprofits. The N.C. Center for Nonprofits encourages the N.C. Senate to pass this bill during the 2012 short session.



  • An Essential Role for Nonprofits Why should your nonprofit get involved? It strengthens your nonprofit’s voice.  Elected officials know who votes.  They pay less attention to communities with low voter turnout. People trust nonprofits.  The people served by your nonprofit are more likely to listen to information from you than from any other source.  If your nonprofit doesn’t provide them with information about where, when, and why to vote, then they probably won’t sho
  • The N.C. General Assembly is considering a bill (H.B. 482) that would create new penalties for nonprofits and businesses that improperly classify their workers as independent contractors rather than employees. Nonprofits that misclassify their employees and fail to provide benefits such as workers’ compensation or unemployment insurance benefits could face fines ($1,000 per misclassified worker) and could be barred from state contracts for five years.

  • Independent Contractor or Employee? - For federal tax purposes, there is an important distinction between employee and independent contractor. Worker classification affects how you pay your federal income tax, social security and Medicare taxes, and how you file your tax return. Classification affects your eligibility for social security and Medicare benefits, employer provided benefits and your tax responsibilities. If you aren’t sure of your work status, this brochure can help you determine it.

  • The General Assembly is in the final stages of its efforts to restructure North Carolina's tax system.  The House and Senate are considering different version of legislation (H.B. 998) to lower tax rates and simplify the state tax system. It is essential that tax reform not harm nonprofits. Specifically:

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