Sunday, May 25, 2008
On May 8, Representative Becerra (for himself and several others) introducted HR 6005, a bill to treat Indian tribal governments as state governments for purposes of the public charity/private foundation distinction under the tax laws. Contributions by state governments are treated as contributions that affect qualification as a public charity under IRS 509(a)(1) and 509(a)(2). By treating tribal governments as state governments, the bill would help charities that receive support from tribal governments obtain public charity status. The bill was referred to the Committee on Ways and Means.