Thank you!

Feb. 27, 2014—More than 250 organizations & individuals signed our letter to the IRS urging it to withdraw proposed rule changes.

Separately, AFJ submitted comments in the same spirit as the letter but containing much more technical analysis of the proposed rules.

Overview of the IRS Proposal

Right before Thanksgiving in 2013, the Treasury Department and IRS issued proposed rules to clarify the definition of political activity for 501(c)(4) nonprofit organizations. While the new rules definitely draw bright lines, Alliance for Justice believes they will erect obstacles to citizen participation in our democracy.

In its attempt to define what kinds of activity are “political” and therefore cannot be counted toward a 501(c)(4) nonprofit organization’s social welfare purpose, Treasury and the IRS have drawn a very deep and troubling line in the sand. Among our concerns, the proposed rules would define as political a host of election-related activities commonly conducted by 501(c)(4)s, including:

  • campaign advertising
  • voter registration
  • get-out-the-vote efforts
  • voter guides
  • candidate questionnaires

Alliance for Justice is raising awareness of the full impact of these rules. We want to make sure the voices of the 80,000+ 501(c)(4)s are heard in the rulemaking process. Lend your voice now. Join our sign-on letter to the IRS.

Learn more about the IRS Proposal:

AFJ in the Media on the IRS Rules


LISTEN: Click on the slide below to hear Mike Trister and Abby Levine explain what the draft rules would mean for nonprofits in this recording of our 12/17 briefing.
Note: The introduction by Nan Aron was not recorded.