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RLUIPA Round Up

The recent confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch has brought renewed attention to the often blurry line between the courts, government and individual religious liberty. Gorsuch wrote a concurring opinion in the...more

Jimmy Chen Seminar Attendees and Clients at Risk of Being Investigated for Tax Evasion

by Moskowitz LLP on

This past summer, Jimmy J. Chen, accountant and promoter of private charitable foundations, was charged with six felony counts of tax evasion. From 2009 through 2011, Mr. Chen apparently used his tax-exempt ChenSung Family...more

IRS Announces End Date for 403(b) Remedial Amendments

Many tax exempt employers sponsor Section 403(b) retirement plans to help their employees save money for retirement. A 403(b) plan offers the ability for an employee to make pre-tax contributions to the plan (similar to the...more

For Many Nonprofits, May 15 Is Tax Filing Deadline and Marks ‘Start of the Year’ Review

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

For nonprofit organizations, the IRS Form 990 return must be filed on or before the 15th day of the fifth month following the fiscal year-end – or May 15 for those using a Dec. 31 year-end. This deadline should also...more

Corporate Law & Governance Update - April 2017

by McDermott Will & Emery on

The following developments from the past month offer guidance on corporate law and governance law as they may be applied to nonprofit health care organizations: OVERSIGHT OF CORPORATE CULTURE - A significant emerging...more

Changes to Bayh-Dole Act Regulations Impacting Ownership of Patent Rights

by Goodwin on

Businesses and nonprofit organizations that receive federal government funding, such as NIH, DoD or SBIR grants, are required diligently to report and elect title to inventions and patent applications that have been made with...more

Update on the Department of Labor’s New Fiduciary Rules and Subsequent Challenges

On April 6, 2016, the Department of Labor under the Obama administration issued a new final rule and exemptions addressing when a person providing investment advice with respect to an employee benefit plan or individual...more

Mike Knapek and Steven Dimitt Provide ‘Tips for Handling a RLUIPA Lawsuit’

by Jackson Walker on

Attorneys Mike Knapek and Steven Dimitt represent churches and religious institutions in matters related to the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA). In a recent article published by the American Bar...more

Diving Into Family Philanthropy (Segment I): What are the benefits of family philanthropy?

1 – Teaching your financial values to the next generation. Your financial values include your beliefs about how financial resources should be managed and utilized. We all have them, though we may not have taken the time...more

Other North Carolina Alcohol Bills

by Williams Mullen on

In addition to the ABC Omnibus Legislation, and the Economic Growth for NC Distilleries / “Brunch Bill,” other alcohol-related bills being considered by the North Carolina General Assembly during the 2017 long session are as...more

SJC Issues Property Tax Ruling Regarding Religious Organization

by Foley Hoag LLP on

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

Illinois Supreme Court Declines to Rule on Constitutionality of Illinois Hospitals' Property Tax Exemption Law

by Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP on

There have been two new developments in the long running saga over a charitable property tax exemption for hospitals in Illinois....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

IL Supreme Court Avoids Ruling on Constitutionality of Hospital Exemption

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

The Illinois Supreme Court has issued an opinion in Carle Foundation v. Cunningham Township, the case involving the constitutionality of the statute granting hospitals a special property tax exemption. In remanding this case...more

Benefactors Beware: Fake Charities Included in IRS List of Top Tax Scams for 2017

by Bryan Cave on

Every year, the IRS issues its “Dirty Dozen” Tax Scams list, a compilation of tactics and devices used by scam artists against taxpayers. While the threat exists year-round, the IRS promulgates the list ahead of filing...more

GOP Proposes Allowing Charities to Take Political Sides

by McGuireWoods LLP on

While speaking at the National Prayer Breakfast on Feb. 2, President Donald J. Trump vowed to “totally destroy” the Johnson Amendment. This pledge was seconded by House Ways and Means Committee Chair Kevin Brady, R-Texas, in...more

Improper Purpose Frustrates Member’s Assertion Of A Proper Purpose

by Allen Matkins on

The inspection rights of members of California nonprofit mutual benefit corporations mirror those of shareholders of California corporations. Section 8333 of the Corporations Code provides that the accounting books and...more

The not to be underestimated ‘not-for-profit requirement’ in Australia

by Dentons on

In a recent Tribunal decision, Deputy President McCabe has affirmed the decision of the Minister for Education and Training (Minister) to revoke the approval of Malek Fahd Islamic School Limited (MFISL) as an approved...more

Enhanced Whistleblower Protections for Nonprofit Employees

by Tonkon Torp LLP on

In the wake of Governor John Kitzhaber's resignation last year, the Oregon Legislature amended Oregon's "whistleblower" protection statute (ORS 659A.203) by expanding it to include Section 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations...more

Brooklyn Supreme Court Recognizes Private Right of Action for Not-for-Profit Employees under New York Nonprofit Revitalization Act...

Not-for-Profit Corporation Law (“NPCL”) § 715-b, enacted as part of the New York Nonprofit Revitalization Act, requires New York not-for-profit corporations with 20 or more employees and annual revenue in excess of $1 million...more

Diving into Family Philanthropy

Over the next several posts, we will be diving into the topic of family philanthropy. Since the topic is so broad, we have divided it into segments that we will cover in the coming weeks. Each segment is intended to give you...more

SEC Proposes Significant Alterations for Financial Obligation Disclosures for Governmental Issuers and Certain Nonprofit...

by Polsinelli on

The Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC") recently sent a clear message to participants in the municipal markets: it intends to require a greater level of disclosure, and more timely disclosure, regarding an...more

Liability for Directors of Nonprofit Corporations

Lawyers are often asked to serve on Boards of nonprofit corporations and if they do so, they will often be asked by other directors about the potential individual liability of a director for actions of the nonprofit, for...more

IRS Notice: Conservation Easements for Charitable Giving

by Bryan Cave on

In Notice 2017-10, the Internal Revenue Service recently issued guidance on syndicated conservation easement transactions presumed to be used as tax shelters. This addition to the “listed transactions” under Section...more

Charitable Contributions: Acknowledgements, Appraisals and the IRS's Strict Rules: Tax Update, Volume 2017, Issue 2

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

Tax season has begun, and it is crucial for any taxpayer claiming a charitable contribution deduction to be aware of the acknowledgment rules. Before the taxpayer files a tax return claiming a charitable deduction of $250 or...more

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