From our friends at ARTS North Carolina:
On Tuesday, October 8, the Revenue Laws Study Committee will meet to discuss and clarify certain issues affecting arts and history nonprofits in the Tax Reform Act. Please TAKE ACTION no later than Monday, October 7, by calling or writing the members of the Revenue Laws Study Committee.
Forward this blog post by copying and pasting into an e-mail. Impress on your representatives that your voice must be heard. WE MUST HAVE A LITERAL GROUND SWELL OF RESPONSE TO AFFECT CHANGE!!!!!! Every communication matters. You may call their office and leave a message, send an email, or contact your Member at home during the weekend of October 4 – 6.
Email Subject Line: Revenue Laws Meeting
Salutation: Dear Members of Revenue Laws
Opening Sentence: I am greatly concerned about the sales tax on admissions to entertainments slated to be levied on arts and history nonprofit organizations beginning January 1, 2014. Please reconsider this decision or at the very least, delay the implementation until additional study can be completed.
Talking Points: (vary the order, include one or all, restate to avoid “form” letter)
- The amount of revenue generated by a sales tax on arts and history nonprofits, estimated between one and two million, will not balance the onerous administrative costs of implementing the policy, estimated by the North Carolina Center for Nonprofits at eight million sector wide in the first year. We respectfully ask that Revenue Laws Study Committee request current data to compare impact on the arts and history nonprofit sector in North Carolina against the revenue benefits to the state.
- Collecting and reverting sales tax would place an enormous burden on nonprofits still recovering from the worst economic crisis in their history.
- The sales tax policy would in effect make tax collectors out of entities not created to perform that purpose.
- Sales tax collection would place an egregious burden on volunteer organizations.
- The sales tax would require that students be charged tax for their field trip admissions.
- The January implementation date does not allow adequate time for planning and budgeting of the increased administration of the policy.
Revenue Laws Study Committee:
Representative Julia Howard: Julia.Howard@ncleg.net / 919-733-5904
Senator Bill Rabon: Bill.Rabon@ncleg.net / 919-733-5963
Representative Kelly Alexander: Kelly.Alexander@ncleg.net / 919-733-5778
Representative John Blust: John.Blust@ncleg.net / 919-733-5781
Representative Bill Brawley: Bill.Brawley@ncleg.net / 919-733-5800
Representative Becky Carney: Becky.Carney@ncleg.net / 919-733-5827
Representative David Lewis: David.Lewis@ncleg.net / 919-715-3015
Representative Tim Moffitt: Tim.Moffitt@ncleg.net / 919-715-3012
Representative Mitchell Setzer: Mitchell.Setzer@ncleg.net / 919-733-4948
Representative John Szoka: John.Szoka@ncleg.net / 919-733-9892
Representative Ken Waddell: Ken.Waddell@ncleg.net / 919-733-5821
Senator Tamara Barringer: Tamara.Barringer@ncleg.net
/ 919 733-5653
Senator Peter Brunstetter: Peter.Brunstetter@ncleg.net / 919 733-7850
Senator Ben Clark: Ben.Clark@ncleg.net / 919 733-9349
Senator Dan Clodfelter: Daniel.Clodfelter@ncleg.net / 919 715-8331
Senator David Curtis: David.Curtis@ncleg.net / 919 715-3038
Senator Rick Gunn: Rick.Gunn@ncleg.net / 919 301-1446
Senator Fletcher Hartsell:Fletcher.Hartsell@ncleg.net / 919 733-7223
Senator Floyd McKissick: Floyd.McKissick@ncleg.net / 919 733-4599
Please copy Arts North Carolina on any response or communication you have with a Member by forwarding to email@example.com.
Call Arts North Carolina with questions at 919-834-1411.