Unless Congress repeals the Unrelated Business Income Taxes (UBIT) | Nonprofit Transportation Benefits, nonprofits* will need to write two checks to the IRS. The first check, due April 15, will be for the estimated taxes owed on transportation UBIT for first quarter 2019. The second payment, due in May, will be for the transportation UBIT for all of 2018. More money in taxes means less money for your mission.
The only way Congress will hear us is if we unite our voices and tell Congress to repeal the UBIT Transportation Tax.** There is broad, bipartisan support for repealing this tax on tax-exempt organizations. No Senator or Representative is on record for supporting this tax, but partisan differences on unrelated tax issues are impeding their action to repeal the tax. Your voice can change that.
Time is not on our side. We must act now! Your completion of two small steps will go a long way in repealing this tax.
WHAT YOU CAN DO
Step 1: Add Your Organization to the Letter Calling for Immediate Repeal of the Transportation Tax
Join with UNA, the National Council of Nonprofits, ASAE, Alliance of American Museums, Easterseals, and others by adding your organization to the Letter Calling for Immediate Repeal of the Transportation Tax. After you’ve read the letter, add your organization. (Note the letter is for organizations rather than for individuals.) The deadline for signing the letter is close of business on Wednesday, March 27, 2019.
Step 2: Contact Your Representatives and Senators
Call, write, and or tweet your Senators and Representatives to urge them to repeal the Unrelated Business Income Tax (UBIT) on transportation benefits. You will find contact information below. (You can also retweet UNA’s tweets: @UtahNonprofits)
Sen. Mitt Romney 202-224-5251 (DC) // Twitter: @senorromney // Facebook: @mittromney
Sen. Mike Lee 202-224-5444 (DC) // 801-524-5933 (SLC) // 435-628-5514 (St. George) // 801-392-9633 (Ogden) // Email // Twitter: @SenMikeLee // Facebook: @senatormikelee
Rep. Rob Bishop (Congressional District 1): 202-225-0453 (DC) // 801-625-0107 (Ogden)
Rep. Chris Stewart (Congressional District 2): 202-225-9730 (DC) // 801-364-5550 (SLC) // 435-627-1500 (St. George)
Rep. John Curtis (Congressional District 3): (202) 225-7751 (DC) // (801) 851-2500 (Provo)
Rep. Ben McAdams (Congressional District 4): (202) 225-3011 (DC)
US Capitol switchboard: (202)-225-3121
Not sure who your U.S. Representative is? Check here.
*Even if your nonprofit is not directly impacted by this tax, it is still in your best interest to join in its opposition. The notion of taxing the tax-exempt is an idea we believe is counter to the United States long history of recognizing the importance of nonprofits. The more we are heard, the more important our collective voice is.
**The transportation UBIT tax was part of the tax bill signed in December 2017. The bill requires nonprofits to pay a 21% unrelated business income tax on the expenses of nonprofits that provide employees with transportation benefits.