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- 04 April 2014
From Sen. Mazie Hirono
On March 25, President Obama signed Sen. Mazie Hirono’s Philippines Charitable Giving Assistance Act, intended to spur donations to charitable organizations by providing expedited tax relief for Americans contributing to Typhoon Haiyan recovery efforts in the Philippines.
Taxpayers can claim donations made between now and April 15 on their 2013 tax returns instead of waiting until next year to claim them on their 2014 returns. Taxpayers who have already filed their taxes for 2013 but wish to donate can still do so and then amend their tax returns to take advantage of this new tax incentive.
Click HERE for a fact sheet on the Philippines Charitable Giving Assistance Act.
“The world watched in horror as Typhoon Haiyan devastated the Philippines and left more than 6,000 people dead, 27,000 injured and 4 million displaced. While nations and individuals around the world sent their support and millions of dollars in aid following the tragedy, many communities in the Philippines are still struggling to recover," Hirono said.
"Nearly five months later, we can’t lose sight of the loved ones who are still missing, families that are still homeless," she said. "Stories are still coming out from places like Tacloban, where a little more than half the city has electricity and 20,000 people are still homeless."
- 28 March 2014
The Honolulu City Council Budget Committee deferred action on Bill 18, which would increase the minimum property tax for nonprofits and public service groups. Also deferred were Bill 23, which would create new tax classifications for Oahu bed-and-breakfast operations and transient vacation units has been deferred so a panel of experts can review it, and Bill 19, which would create a tiered tax system for residential properties designated as historic.
Lisa Maruyama, president of the Hawaii Alliance of Nonprofit Organizations, testified against Bill 18's proposed hike in the current minimum tax of $300 for nonprofits and public service groups. Many are already operating with little financial wiggle room, she said.
Council Budget Chairwoman Ann Kobayashi said she wants a property tax advisory commission, which is expected to convene soon, to offer recommendations on the bills. After the the March 19 meeting, she said her committee could revisit any or all of the bills before completing the city budget in May.
Bed-and-breakfast operations and transient vacation units are now taxed under the residential classification, and there is broad sentiment among Council members and others that they should be taxed more like businesses.
Historic properties now are all taxed the minimum $300, but Deputy Budget Director Gary Kurokawa said a tiered system would create inequities and "would be difficult to implement."
- 01 March 2014
HANO is again partnering with Columbia Books on a large-scale national nonprofit compensation survey.
Free to members -- Members of HANO are eligible to receive a free copy of the report -- the non-member price is $150 -- if they participate in the survey. Members who do not participate in the survey can purchase a copy of the report at a discounted price. Not a member? Please consider joining! Click HERE to join.
What is the 2014 HANO Nonprofit Salary Survey? -- Prepared by Columbia Books and produced by experts with over 30 years of experience conducting compensation reports, this annual salary survey is designed specifically for nonprofits. It is the fastest and easiest-to-use salary survey available, with more than 100 job descriptions, a quick and easy interface and a robust support team behind it. Taking the survey is easy and the resulting report will be a tremendous help to your nonprofit.
- It’s fast, easy and FREE. Clear job descriptions make matching your positions simple and straightforward.
- The survey is specific to nonprofits like yours. You can compare your organization’s staff salary levels to those of similar organizations.
- The more participants the better the data will be. High participation produces robust results, benefiting both nonprofits and those seeking to work in the nonprofit sector in Hawaii.
- The results will help you and your organization set fair and competitive compensation – the key to hiring and maintaining valuable employees.
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