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All of us in the voluntary sector need to read this article carefully and with concern.

According to new tax laws (passed in 2008 but only now being implemented), the definition of a tax-exempt voluntary organization is being narrowed significantly to exclude any organizations which work in development, advocacy or human rights.

Organizations like the Latika Roy Foundation – at the moment, anyway – will not be affected as our work is primarily service delivery but this is an ominous turn of events, nonetheless.

It’s a clear directive that work which challenges the government or the status quo, work which encourages marginalized groups to fight for their rights, work which empowers the poor, the landless, the unorganized will face increasing difficulties as time goes on.



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