Rettig Pressed on Nonprofit Political Activity

IRS Commissioner Chuck Rettig was officially sworn in this week and is being pressed by Senate Democrats to defend and enforce a provision in the tax code that bans churches and other 501(c)(3) nonprofit groups from engaging in political activity. The Johnson Amendment, which has been in place since 1954, prohibits churches and other groups… Read more »

Senate Confirms Rettig at IRS

Despite opposition from many Democrats, the Senate voted 64-33 Sept. 12 to confirm Charles Rettig as commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Rettig’s confirmation gives the IRS its first full-time commissioner in nearly a year. He will take over an agency charged with implementing the most significant tax code overhaul in 30 years. The… Read more »

Senate Steers Clear of Johnson Amendment Debate

The Senate last week passed a package of four appropriations bills that included $11.3 billion for the IRS but did not include a provision in the House-passed version that would weaken enforcement of the Johnson Amendment. The Johnson Amendment, a decades-old prohibition on churches and charities getting involved in political campaigns, has been a target… Read more »

Senate Finance Approves Treasury Nominees

The Senate Finance Committee on Aug. 1 advanced two of President Trump’s nominees for senior posts in the Treasury Department, though Democrats are opposing one nomination. By a 25-2 vote, the committee easily approved Michael Desmond’s nomination to be the chief counsel at the IRS. Desmond was Treasury tax legislative counsel under President George W…. Read more »

Treasury Nominee Defends Donor Disclosure Change

President Trump’s nominee to be deputy Treasury secretary today defended the agency’s decision to scrap donor disclosure rules for most tax-exempt organizations. Treasury and the IRS announced the policy change last week, saying the IRS no longer has an administrative need for continuing the routine collection of donor names and addresses. Charities and section 527… Read more »