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New Law Imposes Additional Requirements on NGOs Operating in China

Until recently, there have been few formal regulations regarding the operation of foreign non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in China. While the Chinese government has expressed skepticism and, at times, hostility toward...more

State disclosure laws suffer a setback - Federal court grants charitable nonprofit's request for permanent injunction blocking...

Late last week, the US District Court for the Central District of California struck a blow against the California Attorney General's Office and other supporters of the state's ongoing efforts to expand the public disclosure...more

SC Public Policy Update - April 2016 #4

What's New - SENATE - Debate in the Senate on ethics stalled once again this week, as committee work on the State’s budget took top priority. During limited floor debate, the Senate gave second reading to S. 139 by...more

The Boomerang Effect and Tax Exempt Organizations

The Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes (“PATH”) Act of 2015, contained a provision by which tax-exempt organizations (a “TO”) could challenge revocation of exempt status by virtue of the filing of a declaratory judgment in...more

Corporate Tax Reform Proposal Would Raise Taxes on Exempts

Legislation could impose new taxes on dividend and interest income of tax-exempt entities. The Senate Finance Committee is reportedly formulating a legislative proposal to integrate the corporate and individual tax...more

Perspectives - March/April - 2016

The American Logistics Aid Network (ALAN) was founded by several professional and trade associations that came together after Hurricane Katrina to help provide humanitarian relief. Today, ALAN comprises hundreds of supply...more

Tax Alert: Reminder about Political Activities of Nonprofits

The 2016 election season is red hot. So, now is the perfect time for a reminder about the political activity prohibitions applicable to public charities and private foundations....more

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

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

Treasury Green Book Proposals — Charitable Contribution Deduction Limitations

The Department of the Treasury has released the Treasury Green Book for Fiscal Year 2017, which provides explanations of the President’s budget proposals. One such proposal (remember…these are just proposals, not actual...more

Public Policy Alert: Freedom of Information Act Ruling

A recent ruling regarding South Carolina’s Freedom of Information Act is one to note. It came on February 22 in DomainsNewMedia.com vs. Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce....more

Provisions Affecting Charities in Proposed Budget

The Administration’s proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2017 features several proposals that would impact charitable organizations and their donors, including proposals to streamline the private foundation excise tax on net...more

Federal Tax Advisory: Private Foundations and Lobbying

The Tax Court mostly ruled against a private foundation and its main contributor and foundation manager by approving the assessment of the private foundation excise tax on lobbying expenditures. However, the court gave them a...more

How To Survive A Conflict of Interest Scandal

What happens when you own a business and hold a political position or serve on a non-profit board and you have to make a decision in one of those positions that could affect your business? Can you remain objective? Can you...more

Cautionary Guidance for the Tax-Exempt Organizations that Wish to Influence the Supreme Court Nomination Process

The vacancy on the U.S. Supreme Court created by Justice Antonin Scalia’s recent passing has prompted a national discussion regarding appointment of the next justice. Headlines in the press and social media reflect the debate...more

Congress Inquires About College and University Endowments

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

Governor Christie’s Veto of Hospital Fee Bill Tees Up Additional Litigation

On January 19, 2016, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie vetoed bipartisan legislation that sought to establish hospital “community service contributions” (“CSCs”) in hopes of avoiding litigation concerning the tax burden of...more

"FEC Dismisses Wal-Mart PAC Match Case"

The Federal Election Commission (FEC) recently dismissed a complaint filed against Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. and its political action committee (PAC), finding that Wal-Mart's 2-for-1 PAC match program did not violate federal...more

No Party for IRS: Court Certifies Class of Conservative Nonprofits

If you thought that the political controversy over alleged IRS targeting of Tea Party organizations was confined to the media, think again – the issue has reached the courts. The Southern District of Ohio recently granted...more

Lobbying Restrictions for 501(c)(4)s Receiving Federal Grants, Loans or Other Awards - The Simpson Amendment

Although 501(c)(4) organizations have been in the news recently for potentially engaging in too much political activity, it is worth noting that a relatively obscure Senate amendment from 1995 prohibits lobbying by certain...more

PATH Act 501(c)(4) Matters Update: Notification Requirement Postponed, Temporary Regulations and Additional Guidance to Follow

Since enactment of the PATH Act on December 18, 2015, exempt organizations have been waiting for IRS guidance on the new Section 501(c)(4) notification requirement and procedures for organizations seeking IRS determination of...more

Uncertainty Remains Surrounding the Nonprofit Hospital Tax Exemption

In a recent ground-breaking decision, the New Jersey Tax Court in AHS Hospital Corp., d/b/a Morristown Memorial Hospital v. Town of Morristown shattered the previous near incontestability of the tax exemption that has...more

The Three Most Important Provisions for S Corporations Under PATH Act

It has become a tradition that at the end of each year, Congress passes legislation to extend previous legislation. In late 2015, Congress passed Public Law 114-113, which contains the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act...more

CRA Ends Political Activities Audit Program for Charities

On January 20, the CRA announced that its controversial political activities audit program for charities has been wound-down. From the CRA news release: The results of the political activities audit program have shown...more

Changing the Changes: 2015 Revisions to the New York Non-Profit Revitalization Act of 2013

The Non-Profit Revitalization Act of 2013 (the “2013 Act”) carried out the first major overhaul of the New York Not-for-Profit Corporation Law (the "NPCL") in four decades. A number of changes to the 2013 Act were enacted in...more

Court Reaffirms CA Attorney General’s Demand for Donor List

Donor information is expected to remain confidential. With an apparent thumbs up from the U.S. Supreme Court, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals once again upheld the position of the California Attorney General (AG)...more

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