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House of Representatives
Session of 2015 - 2016 Regular Session


Posted: September 14, 2016 04:13 PM
From: Representative David H. Zimmerman
To: All House members
Subject: Legislation- Amend the Solicitation of Funds for Charitable Purposes Act to align with IRS reporting requirements
In the near future, I plan to introduce legislation to amend the Solicitation of Funds for Charitable Purposes Act to align with IRS reporting requirements. My legislation will provide our volunteer organizations state and federal reporting uniformity and reduce costly audits, while maintaining transparency.

Currently, the Solicitation of Funds for Charitable Purposes Act requires a nonprofit organization to file a financial statement with the Department of State when their annual contributions exceed $25,000. However, the IRS reporting threshold is $50,000. This bill provides our dedicated volunteer fire companies and ambulance associations uniform state and federal reporting compliance and reduce compliance costs. A typical audit could cost $6,000 or more and a review $3,500 to $4,500. Please note that transparence will remain in effect. Nonprofits would still be required to file a Form 990-N, Form 990 or 990-EZ. Small nonprofit organizations are already financially burdened and increasing the auditing threshold would still meet IRS requirements while saving small nonprofit organizations considerable dollars.

I hope you will join me in sponsoring this important legislation. If you have any questions, please contact Casey Martin at 717-556-0031.

Introduced as HB2398