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Federal Issues

Fraternal benefit societies were granted a 501(c)(8) exemption in the 20th Century. Since that time, it has been the duty of their trade association to monitor all threats to this exemption and take appropriate action to educate members of Congress on the ongoing value and validity of the exemption. As the Treasury Department concluded in a 1993 study, without the tax exemption, the many charitable and benevolent activities of fraternal benefit societies would be severely curtailed, with little benefit to the government.

Currently two resolutions are before Congress:

H. Con. Res 27 is the Alliance-sponsored resolution that expresses the sense of Congress that tax-exempt fraternal benefit societies have historically provided and continue to provide critical benefits to the people and communities of the United States.

S. Con. Res 9 is the Alliance-sponsored resolution that expresses the sense of Congress that tax-exempt fraternal benefit societies have historically provided and continue to provide critical benefits to the people and communities of the United States.

Click on the links below for more information on the value of fraternal benefit societies.