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Tobin targets public charities’ activities in congressional testimony

August 1, 2012 | Faculty

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Donald Tobin, the Frank E. and Virginia H. Bazler Designated Professor in Business Law at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, testified July 25 before a U.S. Senate Ways and Means subcommittee on the increased complexity of public charities.

Tobin, the associate dean for faculty, told the Subcommittee on Oversight that public charities have sought “more sophisticated ways to participate in the public sphere” and “creative ways to increase their impact and their revenues” as they expand activities in the United States and abroad.

“To accomplish these tasks, public charities have turned to increasingly complex organizational structures including for-profit subsidiaries, joint ventures with for-profit entities, and affiliated organizations,” Tobin testified. “… These arrangements not only increase complexity for the entities involved, but they also increase complexity in the tax code, as further regulations and provisions are necessary to ensure that tax subsidies available to public charities are not used to subsidize lobbying and political campaign activity.”

For a complete transcript of Tobin’s testimony, click here.