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SJC Issues Property Tax Ruling Regarding Religious Organization

In a noteworthy development relevant to property tax exemptions for religious organizations in the Commonwealth, the Supreme Judicial Court issued a ruling on March 22, 2017 in Shrine of Our Lady of La Salette Inc. v. Board...more

IRS Updates Form 990-EZ for 2016

The IRS released an updated Form 990-EZ, Short Form Return of Organization Exempt from Income Tax with the purpose of helping small to mid-size tax-exempt organizations avoid common mistakes. Tax-exempt organizations whose...more

Recent Updates from the Attorney General’s Nonprofit Division

Several attorneys from the Non-Profit Organizations/Public Charities Division of the Office of the Attorney General (the Division) participated in an engaging panel discussion at the Boston Bar Association last week. The...more

Recent Governance and Gift-Giving Guidance from the Non-Profit/Public Charities Division

The Non-Profit Organizations/Public Charities Division of the Office of the Attorney General (the “Division”) recently released helpful guidance regarding (i) good governance of charitable organization and (ii) the rules that...more

Section 501(c)(4) Organizations Subject to IRS Notice Requirement

Nonprofit entities that intend to operate as tax-exempt organizations described in section 501(c)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code (Code) are subject to new reporting requirements with the IRS. Specifically, newly-enacted...more

IRS Releases Streamlined Application for Tax-Exempt Status

The Internal Revenue Service (the “IRS”) has significantly streamlined the application process for small nonprofits seeking recognition as tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organizations through the release of a new application form on...more

SJC Upholds Charitable Property Tax Exemption for Land Conservation Organization

On May 15, the Supreme Judicial Court released its opinion in New England Forestry Foundation v. Hawley, ruling that a 120-acre parcel of forest land owned by the Foundation in the Town of Hawley was eligible for the...more

IRS Reminds Tax-Exempt Organizations About Important Filing Deadline

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has issued a news release (IR-2014-57), alerting tax-exempt organizations regarding the May 15 filing deadline for the Form 990. Tax-exempt organizations with a December 31 fiscal year end...more

SJC Case Could Result in Loss of Property Tax Exemptions for Certain Conservation Land

A property tax dispute involving a $172 property tax on conservation land owned by The New England Forestry Foundation (the “Foundation”) in the Town of Hawley could impact land conservation organizations throughout the...more

1/16/2014  /  Conservation , Exemptions , Property Tax

Massachusetts Attorney General Report on Charity CEO Compensation Reviews Pay Practices and Introduces New Reporting Form

Shortly before the new year, Non-Profit Organizations/Public Charities Division of the Office of the Attorney General (the AGO) released a detailed 92-page report on executive compensation at Massachusetts-based public...more

Massachusetts Nonprofit Annual Reports Due November 1, 2013

As a reminder, nonprofit organizations incorporated or operating in The Commonwealth of Massachusetts have until Friday, November 1, 2013 to file their annual reports with the Secretary of the Commonwealth. Nonprofit annual...more

Computer System Design and Software Modification Services Now Subject to the Massachusetts 6.25% Sales and Use Tax

Effective as of July 31, 2013, the Massachusetts 6.25% sales and use tax has been expanded to apply to certain types of computer system design and software modification services (“Computer/Software Services”)....more

Delaware Enacts Benefit Corporation Legislation

On July 17, 2013, Delaware Governor Jack Markell signed into law legislation enabling the formation of public benefit corporations in Delaware. In doing so, Delaware became the 19th state to enact this type of legislation;...more

Form PC Revisions and Other Areas of Focus on Charities – A Summary of Remarks by Mary Beckman, Non-Profit Organizations/Public...

Forthcoming revisions to Form PC, examining new forms of solicitation using social media, and newly proposed legislation regarding director compensation were topics covered by Mary Beckman, Chief of the Massachusetts Attorney...more

Benefit Corporations: Twelve States and Counting

On December 1, a new benefit corporation statute went into effect in Massachusetts, making the state one of twelve that have enacted legislation allowing for the formation of this new form of corporate entity....more

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