Larry Kaplan is a consultant based in Los Angeles. He describes himself as passionate about urban communities and social justice. He helps non-profit organizations leverage governmental and community relations to advocate for their causes, advance their missions, reach their fundraising goals and achieve their program objectives. He has built and maintained elected officials’ offices, managed political campaigns, helped public agencies increase their effectiveness, and advised private companies and associations on their philanthropic and civic responsibilities.
What’s fair in the taxation of nonprofits by local municipalities? NPQ has covered the issue of payments in lieu of taxes issue extensively; it mostly affects universities and hospitals—the eds and the meds. But there’s another realm of charges—fees and taxes—that hits smaller and larger operations alike. For more background on this, read “Death by a Thousand City Fees.”
Recently in Alaska, the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly passed a set of tax reforms that included several new sources of revenue. One of them removed the exemption from collecting sales tax by nonprofits operating regular storefronts, like the Salvation Army.
As government rightly becomes involved in the wages of those doing frontline work for New York nonprofits with state and city contracts, advocates push for full coverage of those increased costs at the state level. The City has already acceded.