SCHEDULE B NO LONGER REQUIRED
On 1 July 2021, the Supreme Court issued its decision in the consolidated case Americans for Prosperity Foundation v. Bonta, No. 19-251 (US 1 July 2021). The Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and struck down a California donor-disclosure law as facially unconstitutional by a six to three majority.
CA immediately stopped requiring the unredacted Schedule B, with NY following closely behind. The last holdout, NJ, recently followed CA and NY. State specific excerpts:
Effective July 1, 2021, the Registry of Charitable Trust will no longer require the filing of the (unredacted) Schedule B to the IRS Form 990 as part of the registration and annual reporting requirements.
NEW JERSEY https://www.njconsumeraffairs.gov/charities
In light of the United States Supreme Court’s recent decision in Americans for Prosperity v. Bonta, the Division’s Charities Registration Section has determined that the requirement that charities submit the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Form 990 Schedule B upfront as part of their initial and yearly registrations can no longer be enforced. The Division will therefore be revising its rules, and in the interim will not be taking enforcement action based on the failure to include Schedule B or an equivalent donor schedule in such registrations. The Division will deem any entities that were previously deemed non-compliant solely because they failed to submit Schedule B or an equivalent donor schedule to be in compliance with registration requirements. All other regulations at N.J.A.C. 13:48-1.1 et seq. remain in effect and the Division continues to require the submission of all other schedules and statements.
NEW YORK https://www.charitiesnys.com/charindex_new.html
The New York Attorney General’s Charities Bureau has suspended its collection of IRS Form 990 Schedule B while we review any amendments that may be necessary to our policies, procedures and forms in order to comply with the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Americans for Prosperity Foundation v. Bonta (594 U.S. __, 2021). Effective immediately, charities’ annual filings will no longer require disclosure information that identifies donors. Any notices that charities have received regarding any deficiency due to missing or incomplete Schedule Bs are no longer operative as to such deficiency, and annual filings will no longer be considered deficient in such regard.
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