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What You Need to Know About Classifying Employees?

Posted By Sharon Thomas, Wednesday, December 30, 2015

What do I need to know about classifying employees? What is the difference between an independent contractor and an employee? That is the question presented by Nonprofit Answer Guide, a project of the Center for Nonprofit Management. It's a good question and one that comes up often in the nonprofit world.

According to Nonprofit Answer Guide, more and more nonprofits are hiring a mix of employees and independent contractors to fulfill their missions and make the most out of limited resources. But classifying employees and determining who is and is not an independent contractor isn’t always an easy task. If a hire is misclassified, an organization can face hefty fines and even lawsuits. So understanding the determining factors to classification is key.

To learn the basics about the difference between employees and independent contractors, read the full article from Nonprofit Answer Guide.

If you still have questions, feel free to contact Sharon Thomas, Member Services Manager, at sharon@scanpo.org or 803-929-0399 ext. 14.

Tags:  Center for Nonprofit Management  Employee  HR  Independent Contractor  Nonprofit Answer Guide 

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IRS receives 37,000+ Comments on Donor SSN Collection Rule

Posted By Benjamin Bullock, Together SC, Tuesday, December 22, 2015

From the National Council of Nonprofits

 

More than 37,000 concerned individuals and organizations submitted comments on the proposed gift substantiation regulation, and virtually all that are viewable expressed a common theme: it is a very bad idea for nonprofits to be asking for donors’ Social Security numbers, maintaining that personal information in their files, and submitting it to the IRS. In the view of many, “never is the better answer” when the question is whether individuals should give their Social Security numbers to people claiming to be soliciting on behalf of a charity.

 

Read more here! (second article)

Tags:  Advocacy  IRS  Regulations 

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Congress makes 3 Giving Incentives Permanent!

Posted By Benjamin Bullock, Together SC, Tuesday, December 22, 2015

From Independent Sector:

Dear Colleagues,

The United States Congress has finally made permanent three tax incentives for charitable giving!

These incentives strengthen the charitable community’s ability to improve American lives and our communities, and ends the sector’s nearly 10-year long struggle to make these incentives a permanent part of the tax code.

The incentives include the IRA charitable rollover and enhanced deductions for the donation of food inventory and land conservation easements. After years of renewal and expiration, including the most recent expiration on January 1, 2015, the permanent extension of these three charitable giving incentives is now headed to the president’s desk for his signature.

In addition to these critical incentives, Congress included important provisions to make the child tax credit and the earned income tax credit permanent.

This tax deal, known as the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes (PATH) Act of 2015, shows true leadership in understanding the value of the charitable community and the role it plays in American society. This law ends the uncertainty caused by the repeated expiration and subsequent reinstatement of these three charitable giving incentives.

Read More here!

Tags:  Advocacy  Congress  Giving Incentives 

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Please Pardon our Website "Construction"!

Posted By Benjamin Bullock, Together SC, Tuesday, December 22, 2015
Updated: Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Perhaps you've noticed a slight difference in SCANPO's website?

We are in the process of rolling out a new look, so all December, we will be updating, and moving pages around to bring our website into the "Mobile Age"!

If you have trouble finding what you are looking for, please contact SCANPO Staff, and we'll be glad to point you in the right direction!

Thank you for your patience during this transition period, and we hope you like the new site once it's finished!

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SCANPO opposes proposed IRS rule requiring NPOs to collect donor SSNs!

Posted By Benjamin Bullock, Together SC, Monday, December 14, 2015

There’s still time to submit your comments! Comments close Wednesday Dec. 16!

Ready here why the IRS’s proposal to require nonprofits to collect donor SSNs is a bad idea!

Here’s what we sent to the IRS:

The South Carolina Association of Nonprofit Organizations opposes this proposed rule. The requirements would place an additional burden on charitable organizations and would expose them to additional liability.

Our donors trust us with their resources, believing in our missions and that we will use those resources to fulfill those missions. If we had to collect personal private information such as their social security numbers, the burden to protect that information would be overwhelming.

This rule would open the door for scam artists to solicit social security numbers and other private information from our donors, all under the protection of this rule. Furthermore, most organizations use cloud-based databases, and while they are often very secure, no encryption is perfect.

Charitable organizations would become targets of determined hackers, knowing that we will have social security numbers. Small organizations would be forced by this rule to spend money that should go to furthering their missions on higher security databases more appropriate for large healthcare systems.

Our donors are already very cautious with their personal information. This rule would be one more obstacle for donors, and there are already so many. Charitable giving will suffer under this rule, and with it, the good work the charitable sector does.

The existing rules are more than sufficient to substantiate donor contributions to validate tax deductions. Please do not add more rules which would force charities into an awkward and legally perilous position, and put at risk the sacred trust between donors and the charities they support.

Tags:  Advocacy  Comments  IRS  Regulations 

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