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July 21, 2016

Mass. Bill Would Tax Nonprofits on Newly Acquired Property

Major Massachusetts nonprofits are protesting state legislation that would keep some real estate purchased by tax-exempt groups on the property-tax rolls, State House News Service reports. The provision in a House-approved economic-development bill would require nonprofits to continue paying levies for four years on property they acquire that was taxable at the time of purchase.

Seventeen organizations, most of them umbrella groups for health-care, housing, education, and human-service nonprofits, sent a letter this week urging lawmakers to reject that section of the bill, saying their member groups already provide significant economic benefit to their communities. The tax shift would "shatter the social compact” between nonprofits and the government, they wrote. House and Senate negotiators are currently working to reconcile different versions of the bill adopted by the two chambers.