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January 25, 2013

Philadelphia Council Members Eye Charity Tax Breaks

Two members of Philadelphia's City Council used its first session of the year to call for moves that could see nonprofit groups paying more into municipal coffers, The Philadelphia Inquirer writes.

Councilman Bill Green introduced legislation Thursday to collect business taxes from nonprofit organizations for commercial activity they conduct outside their charitable mission. Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown proposed hearings on charities' property tax exemption.

"Many of the nonprofits are doing their fair share by the services they provide," Ms. Brown said. "Some might argue that equals what they would pay in taxes. That might be debatable."