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2020 Legislative Session

*Click to download a PDF copy of our Public Polic Agenda and Legislative Priorities summary.
 

2020 Public Policy & Legislative Priorities

  • Promote and support tax policy that empowers community solutions through nonprofits.

    • ​Support existing, enhanced and new tax and other incentives (including a universal non-itemizer deduction) at the federal, state and local levels that encourage individuals to volunteer their time and contribute money to the missions of all charitable nonprofits and oppose floors, caps or limits on existing charitable giving incentives.

[Check out KNN’s one page summary on the importance of Kentucky’s charitable giving tax deduction.] 

​[Also, check out resources on the federal charitable giving tax deduction from the National Council of Nonprofits and these bills in U.S. Congress: H.R.3988 and H.R.5771.]

  • Oppose the imposition of fees, payments in lieu of taxes (PILOTs) and other taxes and fees on tax-exempt nonprofit organizations.

​[Check out resources from the National Council of Nonprofits.]

  • Maintain and – where appropriate – expand nonprofit exemptions from paying state and local property, sales and use taxes and from collecting sales and use taxes.

[General tax policy resources:  check out KNN's Tax Cuts and Jobs Act FAQ and great resources on the impact of the new law from the National Council of Nonprofits.]
 

​[Check out KNN's legislative victory to establish the Task Force in 2015 and these resources from the National Council of Nonprofits.]

 

  • Advocate for thoughtful state budget decisions and tax reform that encourage solutions that promote fiscal stability and growth, while ensuring that the work of nonprofits on behalf of the communities and people they serve is sustained and protected.
     

  • Advocate for an accurate and complete 2020 U.S. Census.

    • Engage with other nonprofits through facilitation of the Count Me in KY Nonprofit Census Coalition, the state Complete Count Task Force and local Complete Count Committees to create awareness of the importance of the census and secure a complete count.

[Check out our 2020 Census resources.]
 

  • Promote, support and protect the advocacy rights of nonprofit organizations.

  • Preserve the integrity of charitable nonprofits by supporting the tax-law ban on electioneering and partisan political activities.

[Check out KNN's Op-Ed with the Kentucky Council of Churches, as well as additional resources from the National Council of Nonprofits.  You can also view our FREE webinar recording.]

  • Oppose restrictions on the advocacy rights of charitable nonprofits.

[Check out resources from the National Council of Nonprofits.]
 

  • Advocate for protection of the spirit of volunteerism by supporting programs that promote volunteering activities that mutually benefit individuals and the people served through nonprofits. Oppose proposals to condition receipt of government provided benefits on requirements that individuals volunteer at nonprofit organizations (a policy known as “mandatory volunteerism”) that impose increased costs, burdens and liabilities on nonprofits. 

[Check out our presentation on this issue to the Kentucky General Assembly Public Assistance Reform Task Force (8/19)]

[Check out resources from the National Council of Nonprofits.]