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Regulatory Solutions

The Bright Lines Project focuses on encouraging the IRS to modify its regulations regarding tax exempt political activity so that the rules are clearer.


The Bright Lines Project has many resources to help non-profits understand the tax code better and be prepared for new regulations.

With new guidelines, the IRS has a chance to clarify decades of uncertainty surrounding the rules that govern nonprofits.

LATEST NEWS: Comissioner Koskinen says IRS will likely revise the Proposed Rule for 501(c)(4)s. This is great news for the 67% of commenting organizations that ask for the rulemaking to continue.

Click here to read our statement about the news that the rule is likely to be revised.

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Latest News

Josh Hicks, Conservatives Not Swayed by Plan to Revise IRS Proposed Nonprofit Rule, Washington Post, (April 16, 2014),

Lisa Gilbert, Rising above the Partisan Fray, Most Organizations Call for IRS Rulemaking to Continue, Huffington Post, (April 10, 2014),

Larry Ottinger, IRS Should Take the Middle Ground on Nonprofit Politicking, The Chronicle of Philanthropy, (March 18, 2014),

Emily Peterson-Cassin, IRS Should Keep Eye on the Goal, The Hill, (February 27, 2014),

Diana Aviv and Lisa Gilbert, Regulating the "Dark Money" of Politics, New York Times, (February 24, 2014),

Peter Overby, IRS Wants to Tighten its Rule on Social Welfare Groups, NPR News, (January 27, 2014),