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House of Representatives
Session of 2013 - 2014 Regular Session


Posted: February 13, 2013 04:03 PM
From: Representative Bryan Cutler and Rep. Michael K. Hanna
To: All House members
Subject: Amending the Purely Public Charities Act
In the near future, we intend to introduce a bill amending Section 5 of the Institutions of Purely Public Charities Act. This bill is a companion bill to that being introduced by Senator Vogel and Senator Schwank.

The bill will extend the act to include fraternal organizations operating under the lodge, council, or grange system that qualify for exemption from taxation under specific 501(c) sections of the Internal Revenue code and have been operating in the Commonwealth for at least 100 years.

These organizations are historically charitable, dedicating themselves to the betterment of their communities through service, education, and fellowship. Currently, there are a number of grange locations that have applied for and are given charitable status, removing them from certain tax liability. More specific references to grange locations are being added to provide more clarity and remove errors of interpretation for individual applications for exemptions from taxation.

We hope you will join us and support this initiative.

Introduced as HB928