The Issues

Independent Sector advocates for policies that encourage Americans to contribute to the charitable causes of their choice by providing tax deductions for their gifts and tax incentives for volunteer service, removing tax obstacles to charitable gifts, and maximizing gifts from private foundations.


ALERT: Take Action to Restore Charitable tax provisions

Visit our Spring 2015 Action Guide to learn how to engage with your Senators to urge them to take immediate action on the America Gives More Act of 2015 (H.R. 644), legislation that simplifies taxes for foundations and permanently restores three expired giving incentives to support the critical work of nonprofit organizations across the country. Contact your Senators today to urge them to take up and pass the America Gives More Act in order to provide certainty to nonprofits that deliver vital services to communities in your state.
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Incentives to Give

The Charitable Deduction | Tax Extenders | April 15 Deadline for Charitable Contributions
Tax Deductions for Car Donations
| The Buffett Rule | Estate Tax
Combined Federal Campaign
| Volunteer Mileage Reimbursement

Nonprofit Operations

Nonprofit Postage Rates | Health Care Reform Implementation
Hiring Incentives: Veterans Tax Credit | Financing the Sector
ICANN Top Level Domain Program | Small Charity Pension Plans
Private Foundation Excise Tax
| Donor-advised Funds

Tax Exemption

Ways and Means Subcommittee Hearing on Tax Exempt Organizations
IRS Oversight of Charities and Foundations | Nonprofit Hospital Requirements
Review of Media-Based Nonprofit Ministries | Benefit Corporations
Consumer Operated and Oriented Plans | Unrelated Business Income Tax (UBIT)

Budget and Economic Policy

Deficit Reduction and Tax Reform | President's FY 2016 Budget
Joint FY 2014 Budget Resolution | Tax Reform

Exempt Organizations And political Activity

Political Activity of 501(c)(4) Organizations | Proposed IRS Regulations for 501(c)(4) Political Activity (2013) | IRS Controversy: Scrutiny of tax exempt organizations | Applicability of Federal Gift Tax | Donor Disclosure

Lobbying Rules

Lobbying with Government Funds

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