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Tax policy: Advocating for UBIT Appeal

Since mid-2018, GCN has worked with a coalition to push legislation that decouples Georgia policy from new federal rules that impose tax burdens on nonprofits for the first time – specifically, the Unrelated Business Income Tax (UBIT), which calls for nonprofits to pay taxes on transportation benefits and certain income streams. 

To that end, we supported a state bill that would exempt nonprofits from Georgia’s portion of the tax. Unfortunately, the Ways & Means Committee did not pass the bill to the full chamber for a vote – but we have another, immediate opportunity to push for the UBIT provision’s partial removal from federal tax legislation, and we need your help!
 
The Lessening Impediments from Taxes for Charities Act, also known as LIFT, is a bipartisan, bicameral bill currently under consideration that would relieve nonprofits from the federal tax on transportation benefits. GCN was in Washington, D.C. on March 29, working alongside a national coalition to encourage lawmakers to pass this important piece of legislation. The Georgia delegation met with the legislative directors for Senators Johnny Isakson and David Perdue, Congressmen Rick Allen, Drew Ferguson, Jody Hice, Hank Johnson, and Barry Loudermilk. 

Your voice is vital to our efforts. Please contact your congressional representatives today – in the House and Senate – and ask them to support LIFT. Tell them what this new tax burden will mean for your work, your beneficiaries, and the community you both serve.

To call: Dial the Congressional switchboard at 202-225-3121 and following the automated instructions. Here’s a sample script, but the most effective case you can make centers around the effect on their constituents.  

Please support the LIFT for Charities Act that undoes part of the new UBIT tax on nonprofits. Nonprofits – including charitable organizations, houses of worship, and foundations – are united in opposition to this tax, as it presents an unfair and nonsensical burden on the organizations working to serve your constituents.

In solidarity,

Karen Beavor
President and CEO