Arts NC Call for Action on Pending Tax bill

Karen Wells at Arts NC has issued a Call for Action regarding the NC Senate’s current tax bill.  As always, Karen and Arts NC have done great work in informing you of the issues and providing resources to take action, so I will just repeat their work here:

What is at stake – 

From Karen Wells email:  “I am writing with an urgent request for you to become actively and quickly involved in the Call to Action sent yesterday about Senate Tax Reform.  Let me spell out what is possible in Senate actions within the next few weeks:

  • If the Senate tax plan were to pass and if they base the budget on tax plan revenues, we will be short hundreds of millions of dollars from the current year’s revenue.  Add the Medicaid surprises and the cuts to the budget will be unprecedented.  If this goes through, we should expect debilitating cuts to the grants programs of the North Carolina Arts Council.
  • The Senate plan calls for a phase out of sales tax refunds over three years.  That would add 6.5% to the cost of goods and services that your purchase.
  • The Senate plan could require a collection of 6.5% sales tax on admissions, classes, registrations, and memberships.  Imagine the response to rising prices and your administration costs.The Senate plan would eliminate the charitable deduction for individuals.
  • The Senate plan would eliminate the charitable deduction for individuals.

Now think for a moment what these collective actions would do to our industry.  Almost unimaginable.  We are working with the NC Non Profit Center through the Alliance of Non Profits to fight, and there could potentially be a tsunami of responses.  But only if everyone does their part.”

What you should do now.
1.  Forward the Call to Action immediately to your listservs and email addresses with a personal request to take action.  While the Call is timed to complete on Friday at noon, it can continue into early next week
2.  Go to our Facebook page and share the Call with your Facebook followers and ask them to take action.
3.   Make your own phone call.

4.  If you receive a response from your Legislator’s office, please send information to Karen Wells at Karen@artsnc.org.

Tips for contacting the Senate/Talking Points

Contact your Senator and Representative about tax reform and the impact on non-profit organizations.  Call their Legislative office no later than Friday, May 17th, 12 noon, and ask to speak to your Legislator.  If you must leave a message, state your name and address and leave this message:
I am concerned that the Senate’s tax reform proposal phases out the sales tax refund allowed to nonprofit organizations.  I am equally concerned that some proposals suggest that nonprofit organizations collect and pay 6.5% sales tax on their admissions and performances, registrations to classes and events, and memberships. I ask that (name of Senator or Representative) NOT support any proposal that includes these two provisions.

If you speak to your Senator or Representative in person, use these talking points in addition to the message above:

  • I understand and support tax reform. As a citizen of North Carolina, I expect to be impacted by tax reform.
    However, nonprofit organizations should not be penalized in the tax reform process as suggested in the Senate’s proposal introduced last week.
  • Any tax proposal should be revenue neutral.  The Senate proposal would cut hundreds of millions of dollars from our current budget, which will likely mean additional and debilitating cuts to nonprofit organizations.
  • Nonprofit organizations will pay their fair share in tax reform if the sales tax is applied to a broader array of services such as legal and accounting fees.  Any additional impact on nonprofit organizations such as eliminating sales tax refunds or mandating nonprofits to charge sales tax on their programs is punitive.

For additional information on tax reform and its impact on nonprofit organizations, Go to our Legislative Agenda Page –http://www.artsnc.org/action-center/agenda/

CONTACT INFO:

To look up contact information for your Senator, go to:  http://www.ncleg.net/gascripts/members/memberList.pl?sChamber=senate

To look up contact information for your Representative, go to:  http://www.ncleg.net/gascripts/members/memberList.pl?sChamber=House

If you are not sure who your Senator or Representative is, go to:  http://www.ncleg.net/representation/WhoRepresentsMe.aspx

TAKE ACTION NOW.

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