MA: Boston sends “tax” bills to major nonprofits

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April 24, 2011
The Boston Globe    
Posted in News, PND News

"For the first time, Boston’s major tax-exempt institutions ... are being asked to make regular voluntary payments to the city based on the value of their property to help offset the rising cost of city services and cuts in state financial aid. Although many of the city’s nonprofit organizations have been making so-called Payments In Lieu of Taxes for decades, this marks a major change to a system that feels to some organizations uncomfortably close to tax bills. Boston officials recently mailed letters to leaders at 40 major nonprofits asking them to pay up to 25 percent of what they would owe if their property were not tax-exempt." [editor's note: The key word here is "asking" ... when a "tax" is voluntary, it's a donation, or a payment for services rendered - SAT] (04/24/11)  

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