New York State launched a local charitable contribution website in early July with information for local governments and school districts on the establishment of charitable contribution funds and the offering of property tax credits for donations to the funds, as authorized under the FY 2019 State Budget.

Local Government Charitable Contribution Fund Webpage


The Supreme Court , in the case of Janus v. AFSCME, ruled 5 to 4 that government workers cannot be forced to contribute to unions that represent them in collective bargaining.  The decision reverses a 41-year-old decision that had allowed states to require that public employees pay some fees to unions that represent them, even if the workers chose not to join.

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According to the newly issued Notice 2018-54 from the IRS, the Treasury Department and IRS intend to propose regulations addressing the federal income tax treatment of contributions made to state and local government funds (such as the charitable reserve funds recently enacted in New York) in excess of $10,000.

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