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CRA Publishes Reminder on Charities’ Political Activities

Political activities have been a hot topic for the CRA’s Charities Directorate in the last few years. In the CRA’s 2015 Program Update, the Charities Directorate stated that its recent political activity audit included...more

More Evidence Gathered in Whistleblower Claim Against ALEC

New evidence from nonprofit advocacy organizations Common Cause and the Center for Media and Discovery bolsters claims that the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) has been falsely portraying itself as a tax-exempt...more

Arizona Attorney General Opinion Embraces Taxpayer-Funded (Political) Advocacy: Potential Pitfalls for Businesses and Nonprofits

The Office of the Arizona Attorney General recently sparked debate by issuing an opinion advising two county attorneys that they may use public resources to disseminate messages about the dangers of marijuana use ahead of the...more

Philadelphia's Nonprofit Recertification Requirement Abolished

On April 7, 2015, Mayor Michael Nutter signed Bill No. 150144 into law, thereby repealing a 2013 Ordinance that had required Philadelphia’s nonprofit property owners to annually recertify that their properties continued to...more

NFL At Risk Of Losing Non-Profit Status?

A recent proposal by U.S. Congressman Jason Chaffetz, the Chairman of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, would eliminate the tax-exemption under Internal Revenue Code section 501(c)(6) for professional sports...more

Reprieve Granted to Philadelphia Tax-Exempt Property Owners

In response to an overwhelming outcry from the Philadelphia nonprofit community, the Philadelphia Office of Property Assessment (OPA) has extended to June 1, 2015 the filing deadline for nonprofits to certify that they...more

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

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

Foreign Charities and the Changing Landscape of CRA Charity Audits

There has been a flurry of recent scrutiny and activity in the areas of foreign and domestic charities – few foreign charities remain on the list of qualified donees since the changes to the definition of “qualified donee” in...more

IRS and Department of Treasury Release 2014-2015 Priority Guidance Plan

On August 26, 2014, the IRS and the Department of the Treasury issued the 2014-2015 Priority Guidance Plan. The Priority Guidance Plan includes 18 exempt organization law projects and four projects relating to charitable...more

IRS Denies Exempt Status under Section 501(c)(4) For Too Much Political Activity

Earlier this year, while Washington was fixated on former Internal Revenue Service (IRS) employee Lois Lerner and her missing emails, her former employer quietly denied the application for exemption of an organization seeking...more

Politics and the Pulpit—Political Activity by Nevada Religious Institutions

Are you part of a church or religious organization in Nevada? If so, the subject of how ?far, or even whether the church can become involved in political activity may have crossed your ?mind. As we head into the Fall 2014...more

North Carolina Legislative Report

The General Assembly’s Short Session began Wednesday, May 14, 2014. The MVA Public Affairs Legislative Report on North Carolina will be distributed weekly to keep you up to date on the latest legislative issues facing the...more

Perspectives - April, 2014

In This Issue: - Making Our Downtown Better Every Day - It's Good To "B" In Deleware - The Wonderful World of Limited Liability Companies - Ohio Bill to Allow Schools and Camps to Procure Epinephrine...more

Proposed Tax Code Overhaul Introduced with the Tax Reform Act of 2014

On February 26, 2014, House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp released draft (the "Discussion Draft”) that would substantially reform the current U.S. Tax Code (the “Code”). The Discussion Draft contains numerous...more

Will Camp Tax Plan Impact Charitable Giving and Tax-exempt Organizations?

In late February 2014, House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp (R-MI) released a nearly 1,000 page discussion draft addressing tax reform. Chairman Camp’s proposal includes changes to numerous sections of the...more

IRS Proposes New Definition of “Political Activity” for Social Welfare Organizations

The initial comment period for the proposed regulations is drawing to a close on February 27, 2014. On November 29, 2013, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the U.S. Department of the Treasury issued a Notice of...more

Camp Seeks to Block IRS Regulations Limiting Political Activities of 501(c)(4) Organizations

On January 14, House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Rep. Dave Camp (R-Mich.) introduced legislation that would prohibit, for a period of one year, Internal Revenue Service guidance related to social welfare organizations...more

IRS Issues Proposed Regulations Regarding Section 501(c)(4) Organizations

In This Issue: - Proposed Regulations - Comments Solicited - What You Should Do Now - For More Information - Excerpt from Proposed Regulations: The proposed regulations are designed to reduce...more

Will "Get Out the Vote" Drives and Non-Profit Voter Guides Be Treated as Regulated Political Activity?

In late November, the Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) released a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking related to the regulation of political activity by social welfare organizations, commonly known as...more

Taxes and Politics Collide in New IRS Guidelines for 501(c)(4) Organizations: IRS Proposes to Restrict Political Activities of...

On November 29, 2013, the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) issued proposed rules, “Guidance for Tax-Exempt Social Welfare Organizations on Candidate-Related Political Activities” (78 Fed. Reg. 71535-71542 (Nov. 29, 2013)),...more

Proposed Rules May Curtail Political Activities by Nonprofit Organizations

Summary - Last week, the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) published a proposed rule concerning the political activities of nonprofit organizations. The proposed rule may make it significantly more difficult for...more

IRS Changes the Game?

On Wednesday November 26, 2013, the US Department of Treasury and Internal Revenue Service issued proposed guidance, subject to a comment period, that would limit the scope of permissible political activities of 501(c)(4)...more

Lessons from the IRS Firestorm on 501(c)(4) Political Organizations

The recent Internal Revenue Service scandal concerning the Agency’s handling of applications for certain tax exempt organizations has created a media frenzy and a forum for daily congressional mud-slinging. ...more

Senate Finance Committee Staff Compiles Past Proposals for Exempt Organization Tax Reform

As part of a series of papers outlining tax reform options for the Senate Finance Committee (SFC), the SFC staff recently published a paper on tax reform options for tax-exempt organizations and charitable giving...more

Tax Reform Options for Tax-Exempt Organizations

Senate Finance Committee issues tax reform paper setting forth challenges, goals, and possible measures affecting tax-exempt organizations and charitable giving....more

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