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Benefit Corporations May Expense Payments to Charities

In a General Information Letter addressing the tax treatment of benefit corporations, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) stated that a taxable benefit corporation may deduct payments to charities as business expenses (and...more

New Proposed Regulations for Section 457(f) Nonqualified Deferred Compensation Arrangements of Non-Profit and Governmental...

The Internal Revenue Service recently released long anticipated proposed regulations (the “Proposed Regulations”) governing deferred compensation arrangements maintained by tax-exempt organizations and governmental entities...more

Proposed Section 409A Regulations Would Clarify Separation from Service Analysis in Connection with Change in Status From Employee...

Pursuant to the final regulations under Section 409A of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended, a termination of employment generally occurs at such time as the employer and employee reasonably anticipate that the...more

Cautionary Observations from the Proposed 457 Regulations

After more than nine years of deliberations, the IRS has finally released proposed regulations governing all types of deferred compensation plans maintained by non-profit organizations and governmental entities. In...more

The Impact of Recently Proposed Regulations on Ineligible Nonqualified Plans Under Internal Revenue Code § 457(f)

The Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service recently issued comprehensive proposed regulations governing nonqualified plans subject to tax under Internal Revenue Code § 457. Code § 457 prescribes the tax rules...more

IRS Issues Regulations Affecting Compensation Arrangements at Tax-Exempt Organizations

On June 21, the IRS issued long awaited proposed regulations under Section 457 of the Internal Revenue Code that affect a broad range of compensation arrangements at tax exempt organizations. If a compensation arrangement is...more

New York State Announces Broad Set of Ethics and Campaign-Finance Reforms

Late last week, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and State legislative leaders announced agreement on a broad set of ethics and campaign-finance reforms focused on increased disclosure, transparency, and public trust....more

Crowdfunding, Online Payments, and Charitable Fundraising

Nonprofits engaged in fundraising from the general public have been “crowdfunding” for centuries! Now, however, there is a profusion of online crowdfunding platforms of different types, each with its own benefits and...more

Trust as a Fig-Leaf of Poor Compliance and Management

Trust is an important, nurturing presence in the workplace. There is a level of trust inherent in all controls, and NGOs are often dependent on trust, especially in emergency operations, distant field offices, and when...more

Is Your Charitable Contribution Safe?

In a soon-to-be-released article, Charities in Financial Distress: The Impact of Bankruptcy on Donor-Restricted Funds, Richard Fox, Jonathan Blattmachr, and Benjamin Bolas explore one aspect of bankruptcy filings by...more

California Clarifies Investment Standards for Public Benefit and Religious Corporations

Without a lot of fanfare, the California State Legislature recently passed a bill that seeks to provide some clarity for charities as to how they are supposed to invest their assets. ...more

IRS Publishes Final Regulations for Equivalency Determinations

Take note of these practical concerns for private foundations making grants to foreign organizations. On September 25, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) published final regulations for private foundations making good...more

FOS feeds back on complaints obligations for NFP

FOS has published its feedback statement to responses on its consultation on amendments to its standard terms affecting businesses subject to the voluntary jurisdiction (see FReD 21 August 2015). The responses received were...more

FASB Defers Effective Date of New Revenue Recognition Standard

Audit committees, CFOs and accountants everywhere are cheering as the FASB has deferred the effective date of its new revenue recognition standard. As a result, public business entities, certain not-for-profit entities, and...more

Co-branding Credit Cards with Charities: Commercial Co-Venture Issues

A cobranded credit card program in which the “merchant” is in fact a charity may be subject to special rules relating to the regulation of “commercial co-ventures” (also known as “cause-related marketing”). Issuers and...more

Rating Agency Developments

On June 1, DBRS released its RMBS Insight 1.2: U.S. Residential Mortgage-Backed Securities Model and Rating Methodology. On June 1, Fitch released its U.S. RMBS Surveillance and Re-REMIC Criteria. On June 1, Moody’s issued...more

CFPB praises FICO announcement on credit score sharing

The CFPB has praised an announcement by FICO that it will make credit scores available to financially struggling consumers through nonprofit credit and financial counseling organizations as “a step in the right direction”...more

Who Files The Most Permit Applications?

California Corporations Code Section 25113(d) requires the Commissioner of Business Oversight to prepare and publicize an annual report of the number of permits that it issues for the offer and sale of securities. The report...more

Legal Issues in Cause-Related Marketing

Cause-related marketing is frequently used by businesses to bolster sales, improve brand reputation, and improve public relations. Under the laws of a number of states, when a business advertises that it will make a...more

Ancillary Joint Ventures Involving Taxable and Tax-Exempt Health Care Entities: Addressing the Chilling Effect of IRS Inaction

Tax-exempt health care systems facing growing operating costs and falling revenues frequently explore creation of ancillary joint ventures (AJVs) as vehicles to raise capital, share risk, expand coverage, and provide care...more

IRS Provides Increased Flexibility on Management Contracts for Tax-Exempt Bond-Financed Property

On October 24, 2014, the Internal Revenue Service issued Notice 2014-67 (the “Notice”), which provides important guidance and increased flexibility for issuers and conduit borrowers of tax-exempt bonds regarding contracting...more

Fourth Circuit Issues Reminder to Plan Proponents: Evidentiary Support is Required for Non-Debtor Releases

While a minority of circuits, such as the Ninth Circuit (see, e.g., In re Lowenschuss, 67 F.3d 1394 (9th Cir. 1995), have reasoned that bankruptcy courts lack the authority to approve non-debtor releases based on the language...more

Reminder: September 9th Effective Deadline for Issuers and Underwriters to Participate in SEC’s Municipalities Continuing...

If your organization has participated in a municipal bond or other municipal security financing in the past five years, you should be aware of the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (“SEC”) Municipalities Continuing...more

Enhancements to Florida's Solicitation of Funds Law Now Effective

In response to the Tampa Bay Times investigative story, "America's Worst Charities," Florida’s Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam worked with the Florida Legislature to enact material enhancements to Florida's...more

Massachusetts Sues Fannie and Freddie for Blocking Home Buybacks

Earlier this month, Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley initiated an action against Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and the Federal Housing Finance Agency for allegedly illegally impeding non-profit foreclosure buyback...more

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