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Could Tax Reform Threaten Higher Education?

by Steptoe & Johnson PLLC on

Given declining funding from government sources and the continued pressure to minimize tuition increases, it is critical for higher education institutions to encourage private giving. The primary catalyst for private giving...more

For-Profit Schools Ruled Exempt From Michigan Personal Property Tax

by Miller Canfield on

In a departure from past interpretation, the Michigan Supreme Court issued a ruling on May 1, 2017 expanding the use of personal property tax exemptions available to for-profit institutions. In SBC Health Midwest, Inc. v City...more

IRS Warns Schools of Dangerous Email Scam

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

On March 28, 2017, the IRS warned schools, universities, government entities and tax exempt organizations of a dangerous email scam currently circulating nationwide and targeting employers. According to the IRS, the scammer...more

IRS Warns Schools of Targeted W-2 Phishing Scams

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

Originally published in the IRS EO Update: e-News for Charities & Nonprofits newsletter - February 3, 2017. The Internal Revenue Service, state tax agencies and the tax industry issued an urgent alert today to all...more

Ole Miss Substantially Prevails in Tax Court Case over Taxability of Coach Appearances

by Butler Snow LLP on

Tax exempt organizations must report and pay tax on their “unrelated business income.” Butler Snow recently represented The University of Mississippi (“UM”) in a federal income tax dispute in the United States Tax Court...more

Year-End Tax Planning with Tax Credit-Funded Scholarships

The Alabama Accountability Act provides state income tax credits to certain donors who make contributions to a state-approved scholarship granting organization (SGO). Alabama’s neediest school children can be helped at little...more

IRS releases updated safe harbors for management contracts in tax-exempt bond-financed projects

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

On August 22, 2016, the Internal Revenue Service released Revenue Procedure 2016-44. The purpose of this revenue procedure is to provide revised and broader “safe harbors” under which certain private management contracts will...more

IRS Loosens Restrictions on Safe Harbors for Management Contracts for Bond-Financed Property

The Internal Revenue Service, in Revenue Procedure 2016-44, has loosened the restrictions on safe harbors for management contracts entered into by governmental issuers of tax-exempt bonds in connection with facilities...more

IRS Relaxes Restrictions on Management Contracts for Bond-Financed Facilities

by Mintz Levin on

The IRS on August 22, 2016 released long-anticipated Revenue Procedure 2016-44 (Rev. Proc. 2016-44), which substantially increases flexibility in, and provides a less formulaic approach to, the ability of a tax-exempt bond...more

EO Update: e-News for Charities & Nonprofits

by Bryan Cave on

..IRS Announcement 2016-17: Limited Penalty Relief for Filers of Form 1098-T, Tuition Statement ..Register for IRS May 12 webinar: Reporting Compensation on Form 990 and Form 990-EZ ..Register for IRS May 19...more

Massachusetts Court Holds Department of Revenue’s Guidance to Be Unreasonable

by McDermott Will & Emery on

Northeastern University, the Trustees of Boston University, Wellesley College and 131 Willow Avenue, LLC prevailed in their appeal of the Massachusetts Department of Revenue’s (the Department) rejection of their Brownfields...more

Quid Pro Quo: When a “Gift” is not a Gift

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

When it comes to properly documenting property and cash donations, most charities are well-versed with the IRS’ substantiation rules. But equally as important to those rules are the disclosure requirements regarding quid pro...more

Congressional Hearing Examines Free Speech and Tax Constraints on Campus Political Activity

by WilmerHale on

Campuses across the country are wrestling with how free speech, tolerance, diversity and politics mix in a higher education environment. Recently, the Oversight Subcommittee of the House Ways and Means Committee examined the...more

Congress Inquires About College and University Endowments

by Morgan Lewis on

US House Committee on Ways and Means and US Senate Committee on Finance issue joint letter to colleges and universities with endowments greater than $1 billion. On February 8, the US Senate Committee on Finance and the...more

PTOs – IRS changes may impact tax compliance!

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

Small tax-exempt organizations, including many parent-teacher organizations, whose annual gross receipts are less than $50,000 may qualify to file a Form 990-N Electronic Notice (e-Postcard) for Tax-Exempt Organization Not...more

Texas Supreme Court Upholds Property Tax Exemption For Student Housing Authority’s Dormitory Used By Summer Campers

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

On April 24, 2015, the Texas Supreme Court in Texas Student Housing Authority v. Brazos County Appraisal District and Appraisal Review Board for Brazos County Appraisal District rejected a county appraisal district’s argument...more

Changes to 2014 Form 990, Form 990-EZ, and Form 990-PF for Exempt Organizations

by McGuireWoods LLP on

While the IRS made only minor changes to Form 990, Form 990-EZ, and Form 990-PF for the 2014 tax year, the IRS made significant revisions to Schedule A. ...more

Senate Bill Provides Path for Universities to Claim Micro-Entity Status

by Hodgson Russ LLP on

The America Invents Act (AIA) provided the ability for certain patent applicants to pay significantly reduced government fees that are 75 percent less than the standard fees, if they qualify as “micro entities.” The AIA also...more

New IRS guidance for certain entities benefitting from tax-exempt bond financings

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The IRS has released guidance in three areas of interest to entities that benefit from tax-exempt bond financings, particularly hospitals and educational institutions....more

Recent Favorable IRS Guidance for Tax-Exempt Bond Financed Facilities

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The IRS has released guidance in three areas of interest to entities that benefit from tax-exempt bond financings, particularly hospitals and educational institutions. This guidance creates new rules related to management...more

One State Explores Imposing Real Property Tax on Nonprofits

In states such as New York, where local governments and public schools are funded by taxes on real property, exemptions are often highly scrutinized by assessors and taxpayers alike. However, the exemption provided to...more

Religious Institution - January 2015

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Experience over the last couple decades teaches that religious institutions face as much or perhaps more liability than secular organizations and, therefore, need to take risk management seriously. From operating their own...more

Alert: Conversion of a Postsecondary Educational Institution from a For-Profit to a Nonprofit, Tax-Exempt Entity

by Cooley LLP on

The recent announcements that Grand Canyon University would explore nonprofit status and that Corinthian Colleges plans to sell a group of schools to a nonprofit entity have encouraged higher education companies to take a...more

Alert: Major Changes in California's Regulation of Private Postsecondary Institutions

by Cooley LLP on

California recently enacted a new law that will significantly alter the regulation of many in-state and out-of-state postsecondary institutions. The new law will have an immediate impact on a number of issues, and it signals...more

Legal Alert: New York Tax Appeals Tribunal Reverses “Distorted” Knowledge Learning Decision and Provides Guidance for Proving...

On September 18, 2014, the New York State Tax Appeals Tribunal (Tribunal) decided its first combination case addressing the 2007 changes to New York’s combined reporting regime: Matter of Knowledge Learning Corporation and...more

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