Source: New York Times

A growing number of nonprofit groups in California are being denied exemption from property taxes because the state’s chief tax collector and assessors contend they do not do enough to benefit state residents, according to lawyers representing the groups.

No one knows how many nonprofit groups in California have been affected or why the issue has become contentious now, but the state’s budget woes have been mentioned as a likely motive.

State and local governments have been taking a hard look at nonprofits and the various tax exemptions they receive for the last couple of years, as tax revenues have fallen and the demand for public services has risen.

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