Koskinen Hearing a Missed Opportunity

IRS Commissioner John Koskinen’s appearance in front of the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday was a missed opportunity to advance an important discussion about nonprofit governance. Members of the committee from both parties chose to create a political spectacle rather than talk about real solutions for problems with the definition of political activity for tax-exempt […]

Bad Rules Hurt Small Business Too

Our nation’s tax authority, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and its Commissioner , seem to be under constant attack from some members of Congress. That’s why it’s more important than ever for us to remember the agency’s role is simply to enforce the tax code that Congress enacted in the first place. Lawmakers appear happy to […]

Ridering Off Into the Sunset: A Funness Ranking

It’s budget season again, which means that a lot of no-fun policies could be on the horizon. These policies would be no fun because the budget is a prime vehicle for attaching inappropriate ideological policy “riders,” for example forcing agencies to stop work on important safeguards for health, safety, and a better-functioning democracy. Riders have […]

Welcome to the Blog!

As it always does, tax day has arrived. And though thanks to an awesome DC holiday, we’ve got a reprieve until Monday, we were too excited to wait to announce that the brand-new Bright Lines Project (BLP) blog!  Welcome! What can you expect to find here? Nonprofit news, updates on the BLP’s plan for better […]