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Illinois Tax Credit Program to Benefit Participating Taxpayers, Schools, and Students

Non-public schools have an opportunity to receive funds through the Illinois “Invest in Kids” Act, effective January 1, 2017. The Act offers an innovative way for qualified Illinois private schools to receive additional funding, for supporters of these schools to claim an income tax credit against their tax liability, and for Illinois students to receive scholarships. How can your non-public school take advantage of this opportunity?

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Hotel dishwasher awarded $21 million after boss made her work on Sundays

MSN News  A jury has awarded a Miami hotel dishwasher $21.5 million, concluding that her employer failed to honor her religious beliefs by repeatedly scheduling her on Sundays and ultimately firing her.

A fed’s guide to pending government shutdown lawsuits

Federal News Network  A federal district judge on Tuesday refused to compel the executive branch to find a way to end the government shutdown’s impacts on federal employees.  Leon’s decision means that the status quo remains: Excepted employees are still required to work without pay for the duration of the partial government shutdown.

PragerU files second lawsuit against Google for restricting conservative YouTube videos

LifeSiteNews An educational project run by conservative commentator Dennis Prager returned to court this week to challenge the Google-owned YouTube for improperly blocking younger viewers’ access to its videos.

Trump agrees to shut down his charity amid allegations that he used it for personal and political benefit

The Washington Post  President Trump has agreed to shut down his embattled personal charity and to give away its remaining money amid allegations that he used the foundation for his personal and political benefit, New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood announced Tuesday.

Facebook Exempts News Organizations from Political Ad Labels

AdvertiseMint  Facebook is exempting reputable news organizations from the transparency and authorization rules it implemented back in May.

The Tax-Code Shift That’s Changing Liberal Activism

The Atlantic  Nonprofit groups that used to focus their energies on litigation and education are structuring themselves to be political players.

Board Member and Volunteer Liability: The Case of RoxComp

Nonprofit Quarterly  Volunteers are a critical part of the way nonprofit organizations do business. We rely on them to perform tasks that range from the menial (stuffing envelopes for a direct mail appeal) to highly skilled (offering pro bono legal assistance at a clinic). Volunteers are part of the way that nonprofits can do their work at lower-than-market costs, and so provide the social safety net. To encourage their involvement, nonprofits, states, and the federal government provide ways for volunteers to be held harmless when something goes wrong. A case in Massachusetts is showing there might be limitations to that protection, and the board president might be personally liable for unpaid employee wages.

Congress Considering Possible Parking Tax Fix

Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability  Earlier this year, ECFA led the charge on the church and nonprofit parking tax issue by circulating a position statement, which was signed by over 2,700 churches and nonprofits, with representation from all 50 states, advocating for the repeal of the newly added section 512(a)(7) of the Internal Revenue Code. This is the code section that imposes a 21% tax on certain employee benefits of churches and nonprofits, including the parking tax.

He’s Built an Empire, With Detained Migrant Children as the Bricks

The New York Times  The founder of Southwest Key made millions from housing migrant children.

Court Motions Filed as Atheist Group Sues for Churches to File Tax Returns

Catholic News Agency  Washington D.C., Nov 27, 2018 / 04:00 pm (CNA).- The Alliance Defending Freedom has filed a motion to intervene after lawyers from the Freedom from Religion Foundation sued the IRS, arguing that churches should not be exempt from having to file tax returns and other forms with the IRS.

Hotel dishwasher awarded $21 million after boss made her work on Sundays

MSN News  A jury has awarded a Miami hotel dishwasher $21.5 million, concluding that her employer failed to honor her religious beliefs by repeatedly scheduling her on Sundays and ultimately firing her.

A fed’s guide to pending government shutdown lawsuits

Federal News Network  A federal district judge on Tuesday refused to compel the executive branch to find a way to end the government shutdown’s impacts on federal employees.  Leon’s decision means that the status quo remains: Excepted employees are still required to work without pay for the duration of the partial government shutdown.