Nonprofit Newswire | Some New Haven Nonprofits Regain Tax Abatements

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August 9, 2010; Source: New Haven Register | In a newswire last week, we reported that New Haven was on a campaign to eliminate an exemption from taxes on certain nonprofits and churches. The groups who received tax bills after being deemed not not-for-profit by the city tax assessor went to the city aldermen and now at least three groups, two churches and one other group, have had the findings reversed. Here is the description of the non-church group in the mix, “The tax-exempt People’s Center received a tax bill for $3,000 this year, a sizable bill for an organization with a $20,000 annual budget. The organization, which provides meeting space to social justice organizations, recently agreed to allow two nonprofits use the building in return for contributions toward heating and electricity. So the city sent the People’s Center a tax bill this year, claiming they are being paid rent and should be taxed. The organization put out an online S.O.S. call and urged supporters to go to last month’s aldermanic Tax Abatement Committee meeting and stand up for the People’s Center. Their supporters came out en masse. In the end, the city reversed its position.” This article suggests that there may be other groups who appealed and had their assessment findings reversed. We’ll keep an eye on this one.—Ruth McCambridge