April 1, 2022
In this issue...
President Biden releases FY 2023 budget recommendations
Reminder: Families need to file with IRS to receive second half of 2021 child tax credit
Reminder: Ask Congress to provide nonprofit pandemic and workforce shortage relief
Center endorses forthcoming federal nonprofit legislation
Fee webinar: Student loan forgiveness for nonprofit employees
President Biden Releases FY 2023 Budget Recommendations
On Monday, the White House released President Biden’s blueprint for the FY 2023 federal budget. The President’s budget recommendations include a total of $5.8 trillion in federal spending and plans to reduce the federal deficit by $1 billion over the next decade. A few of President Biden’s tax proposals could have implications for nonprofits, including:
  • A provision clarifying that a contribution from a private foundation to a donor advised fund (DAF) does not count toward the foundation’s 5% payout requirement unless (a) the DAF funds are expended as a qualifying distribution by the end of the following taxable year and (b) the private foundation maintains adequate records. The goal of this provision is to ensure that private foundations are transparent in their grantmaking. 
  • A proposed Billionaire Minimum Income Tax (20%) on taxpayers with incomes exceeding $100 million. The Administration estimates that the new tax would raise $360 billion over the next decade. 
  • Proposed changes to estate and gift taxes and capital gains taxes that could encourage more donors to consider making bequests to nonprofits. 

The President’s budget recommendations are not binding on Congress, but they highlight some of the Administration’s tax, spending, and policy priorities for the upcoming year.
Reminder: Families Need to File with IRS to Receive Second Half of 2021 Child Tax Credit
Last year’s American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) expanded and improved the child tax credit in three important ways:
  1. It increased the amount of the tax credit from $2,000 per child to $3,600 for children under the age of six and $3,000 for children ages 6-17.
  2. It made the credit fully refundable, providing financial assistance to many low-income families who don’t normally pay income taxes. 
  3. It provided advance payments of the credit for the final six months of 2021, providing immediate cash assistance to millions of families in the form of monthly checks.

The expanded and prepaid child tax credit helped lift many North Carolina families with children out of poverty, helping them pay for child care, food, home and car repairs, and medical expenses last summer and fall. Most families with children received half of their child tax credit as monthly payments during the second half of 2021, thanks largely to nonprofits helping these families provide the necessary information to the Internal Revenue Service.

Families are due to receive the remainder of their child tax credits as refunds when they file their 2021 federal income taxes. Your nonprofit can do three things to help families in your community access the full child tax credit:
  1. Encourage families to file their federal taxes by April 18. This is particularly important for families that normally don’t file tax returns because their income isn’t high enough to owe federal taxes.
  2. Provide clear information about how to file for the child tax credit. The www.childtaxcredit.gov website has clear and accurate information you can share, including flyers, sample social media posts, and toolkits with resources for nonprofits.
  3. Connect people with free tax filing assistance. To get their child tax credit, families will need to fill out their IRS Form 1040 and Schedule 8812 (the child tax credit form) correctly. NC 211 has helpful information on tax preparation assistance. Free tax assistance for people with incomes below $58,000 is available through Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) and United Way MyFreeTaxes.
Reminder: Ask Congress to Provide Nonprofit Pandemic and Workforce Shortage Relief
More than two years after the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, charitable nonprofits continue to face financial and operational challenges related to the pandemic and to the nonprofit workforce shortage. These challenges are making it difficult – and unsustainable – for nonprofits to provide needed programs and services in our communities.

Our elected leaders in Washington, D.C. have the power to help address many nonprofit pandemic and workforce shortage challenges. But for that to happen, we need organizations like yours to join a national effort to persuade President Biden and leaders in Congress to prioritize policy solutions to help solve three major problems hindering the work of nonprofits:
  1. Insufficient charitable contributions;
  2. A severe workforce shortage in the nonprofit sector; and
  3. The decline in volunteerism.

Will you join the Center and 150+ other North Carolina nonprofits in adding your nonprofit’s name to the national sign-on letter urging federal policymakers to enact several specific policy solutions that would address these three issues? Read the letter (updated with the names of all 1,500+ nonprofits that have signed on thus far) and review this background information to learn more about the specific policy solutions that nonprofits are seeking. Thank you if your organization has already signed on to the letter!
Center Endorses Forthcoming Federal Nonprofit Legislation
Next week, several members of the U.S. House of Representatives are scheduled to introduce the Nonprofit Sector Strength and Partnership Act. The goal of the bill is to amplify the voice of the charitable nonprofit sector with federal policy makers. The North Carolina Center for Nonprofits has endorsed this bill.

The bill would establish several structures through which the federal government could engage with nonprofits, including a nonprofit-focused office in the White House with a commission on federal grants reforms, an interagency council to promote government/nonprofit partnerships, and an advisory board on the nonprofit sector. The bill also would direct federal agencies to provide better and more regular data on nonprofit jobs and volunteers, and for the Internal Revenue Service to provide more clarity on the prohibition on political campaign intervention by 501(c)(3) nonprofits.
Free Webinar: Student Loan Forgiveness for Nonprofit Employees
The U.S. Department of Education is overhauling the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program to provide a path to relief for millions of nonprofit and other public service workers struggling under the weight of student loan debt. To help nonprofit employees learn more about the improved access to student loan forgiveness, the National Council of Nonprofits and the Student Borrower Protection Center are offering a free webinar on Accessing Public Service Loan Forgiveness next Tuesday, April 5 at 1:00 p.m. Register here.
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Nonprofit Policy Update is a weekly newsletter for current members of the North Carolina Center for Nonprofits. We track state and federal policy issues that affect all 501(c)(3) nonprofits. Learn about the Center's public policy priorities. For more information, contact David Heinen, Vice President for Public Policy and Advocacy.