Wean nonprofits off special tax treatment

  • Article by: MIKE MEYERS
  • Updated: August 18, 2013 - 11:10 AM

Charity is wonderful — so wonderful it shouldn’t need a subsidy. Let’s wean the whole ‘nonprofit’ world off special tax treatment.

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texas_technomanAug. 17, 13 7:06 PM

They are not charities, either conservative or progressive...cut them off. The Supremes are getting senile....replace them as well.

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badcopperAug. 17, 13 7:51 PM

No organization, left or right, religious or secular should get special tax treatment

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bernice3Aug. 18, 1312:43 AM

Many tax expenditure arrangements help nonprofits ease the plight of the poor. I believe such tax breaks should be tied to proof that actual services and cash assistance are provided to those in need. The breaks we really need to end are those given to huge transnational corporations who sometimes end up owing so little tax on their kabillions of profit that they get refunds instead of contributing to the physical and financial infrastructure provided by regular taxpayers who receive no such breaks. In addition, a right-wing congress that thinks cutting food assistance to the poor, elderly and disabled is "good government" is sick indeed. Government is the helper of last resort and these congressional reps are blind to that reality.

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pitythefoolsAug. 18, 13 7:23 AM

This is why you need the IRS to target both liberal and conservative non-profit organizations - to ensure that they truly serve needy people, not corporate interests. But for non-profits who truly serve the needy, consider the typical hypocrisy of conservatives who on the one hand say that charities, not government should help the poor, then on the other say that they should have to pay taxes to do so.

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rms316Aug. 18, 13 7:39 AM

When I see some of the " Non Profits" getting tax exemptions, I try not to get sick. Show something real to deserve tax exempt status.

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badcopperAug. 18, 13 7:55 AM

Many tax expenditure arrangements help nonprofits ease the plight of the poor. I believe such tax breaks should be tied to proof that actual services and cash assistance are provided to those in need ---- I appreciate your compassion. That said, if we leave ANY opening there will be widespread abuse. government shows us on a weekly basis they are poor stewards of our money. They re incapable ofpolicing themselves. For that reason I believe no exceptions should be made.

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ruphinaAug. 18, 13 8:00 AM

The problem is in the ridiculous notion that we have the power to tax gifts. Non-profit hospitals charge for services; they should be taxed as other businesses are. The NRA income from donations are a gift and should not be taxed. When they sell stuff, they should be taxed as business. Bill G.

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ruphinaAug. 18, 13 8:02 AM

I would ask the author this: if a lobby group should have the gifts they get taxed, why shouldn't we tax campaign donations also? Bill G.

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paulskorheimAug. 18, 13 8:04 AM

Nice article although the author missed one of the largest "non profit" loopholes which is the tax exempt status enjoyed by financial credit unions.

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twspt7Aug. 18, 13 8:20 AM

I see your point, Bill G, between business and charity non-profits; however empowering unabashed political action committees or industry fronts like the NRA is hardly what this country needs. Charity, for charity's sake, needs, nor expects, no tax break.

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