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NH Center for Nonprofits

Nonprofit Notes:
Advocacy Newsletter

The Election is Over: Now What? 

Join us for our annual Policy Caucus and get the latest information about changes in the political make-up of our government. The Caucus will bring nonprofit leaders together with political analysts to explore the new political landscape. Take part in conversation that will guide you in responding to policy proposals, adapting to changes in government, and educating policy makers on the vast importance of New Hampshire’s nonprofit sector. 


The New Political Landscape: What We Need to Know

Tuesday, December 11, from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
NH Audubon McLane Center in Concord
Learn more and Register

Federal News

Guidance Expected on New Federal Transportation Benefits Tax
The Treasury Department and the IRS recently published a revised 2018-2019 Priority Guidance Plan stating that guidance on the new 21 percent tax on employee transportation benefits is on the regulatory workplan for the IRS. (See Item 61 on page 8.) The notice states that staff will craft their interpretations of the new section of the tax law that applies to for-profit employers (Section 274) and then attach language laying out how the for-profit rules will apply to nonprofit employers. Since passage of comprehensive tax reform, nonprofits around the country have been calling on regulators to clarify the new tax, delay its implementation, and revoke penalties until one year after any final guidance is issued. 
Wayfair Decision to Affect New Hampshire Nonprofits
The U.S. Supreme Court decision in South Dakota v. Wayfair held that states have the power to collect sales taxes for online purchases of goods and services from sellers that don't have a physical presence in the state. Since the decision was published in June, 32 states have adopted or proposed laws to tax out-of-state sellers, while an additional three have other statutes or rules that may apply to require sellers to collect and remit sales taxes to the foreign state. As of the beginning of November, 22 of those states have begun enforcing remote sales tax requirements on out-of-state sellers, either by statute or regulation. Additionally, some states attach notice and reporting requirements for retailers to collect and submit purchasing records for the state to collect use taxes. Five states authorize municipalities to set and impose various taxes, further complicating the matter as those localities also look to grow their tax revenues. Since states are not consistent in whether or which organizations they exempt from sale taxes, all 501 (c)(3) organizations will be affected by at least some states seeking to collect sales taxes. The NH Legislature is expected to address the impact on Wayfair on for-profit and nonprofit business in the 2019 session.  

State News

Granite Advantage Health Care Program Forums
The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has announced a series of public forums to introduce the Granite Advantage Health Care Program, the new health insurance program for people enrolled in expanded Medicaid.  Starting in January 2019, Granite Advantage will replace current Medicaid programs. During the public meetings, DHHS will engage and inform on Granite Advantage open enrollment, the transition to Medicaid Care Management, and the new community engagement and work requirement. 

Granite Advantage also includes a community engagement and work requirement for Medicaid recipients between the ages of 19-64, unless otherwise exempted, to maintain their health insurance. A list of dates and locations available here. 
New WIC Debit Cards
The government benefits program for women and children, known as WIC, is getting an upgrade in New Hampshire, converting its paper vouchers to a debit card. 
 
WIC provides benefits to about 12,000 low-income New Hampshire residents to help cover the cost of healthy groceries. All states are required to go through this upgrade by 2020.  The other New England states still transitioning from paper vouchers to electronic benefits are Maine and Rhode Island.
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