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U.S. regulatory issues

As the largest association of philanthropic fundraisers, AFP knows the profession like no one else. AFP's objectives include informing the public about the fundraising profession, and protecting the best interests of fundraising whenever related laws and regulations are developed.

Direct Mail: Paying For Your Undeliverable Mail
(Oct. 6, 2008) In an effort to cut the amount of undeliverable mail it processes, the United States Postal Service (USPS) is requiring mailing lists be updated and verified more frequently. Nonprofits that are not aware of the new rules may find themselves paying first class rates on their standard mail (nonprofit discounted rate) mailings.    

IRS Issues Revised Instructions on New Form 990
(Sept. 15, 2008) The IRS has released revised instructions and supplementary materials for completing the redesigned IRS Form 990.    

IRS Boosts Gas Mileage Rates, Charitable Deduction Unchanged
(June 30, 2008) Due to rising gasoline prices, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has increased the optional standard mileage rates that determine the deductable cost of using an automobile for business, medical and moving purposes. However, the mileage rate for automobile use for charitable purposes stayed the same.    

Nonprofit Postage Rates Increasing May 12
(May 8, 2008) Nonprofit mail rates will increase by an average of 0.7 percent starting on May 12.    

U.S. Do-Not-Call List Now Permanent
(Feb. 25, 2008) Phone numbers on the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) national Do-Not-Call List will remain there permanently unless voluntarily removed under a bill signed into law recently by President Bush.    

Charity Fraud Less Than One Percent of All 2007 Complaints
(Feb. 19, 2008) While public concern remains high, charity fraud ranked just twentieth on the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) list of complaints in 2007.    

IRS Warns Charities of Email Scam
(Feb. 11, 2008) The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is warning charities of a new scam involving an email directed towards charitable organizations that informs them they are eligible for a tax refund.    

Some Fundraising Concerns Addressed in New Form 990
(Jan. 14, 2008) The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released a redesigned version of the Form 990 in late 2007 that addresses many of the concerns raised by AFP and other fundraising organizations.    

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