A task force established by the mayor of Boston, MA in 2009 finally issued its recommendation on the city’s use of Payments in Lieu of Taxes (PILOT) fees on city nonprofits, and the recommendations were ominous for tax-exempt organizations.  The report recommended that PILOT fees currently imposed on colleges and universities should be extended to… Read more »

Connecticut’s Governor-Elect Dan Malloy has named Jeannette DeJesús as the head of the state’s efforts to comply with the federal health care reform law.  DeJesús’ official title will be Deputy Public Health Commissioner and special advisor to the governor on health care, and her position will be a cabinet-level position. Ms. DeJesús is currently the… Read more »

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is expected today to enact net neutrality regulations that would regulate what internet service providers (ISPs) and wireless companies can and cannot do in restricting content from websites. The draft regulations would basically prohibit ISPs and wireless companies from blocking rival websites or services from being accessed by users, as… Read more »

The IRS intends to expand its focus on section 501(c)(4), (5) and (6) organizations to look at issues including political activity, inurement and the extent of compliance with the requirements for tax exemption by organizations that self-identify. The project is part of the work plan for fiscal year 2011 released Dec. 15 by the IRS… Read more »

With the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) considering revisions to regulations that govern, for example, how appliances can label themselves as energy efficient, ASAE submitted comments yesterday asking the agency to reconsider its proposed rule regarding certifications of environmental standards sponsored by associations. The FTC’s proposed rule is an update of the FTC “green guides” for… Read more »