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Canadian government vs. Ottawa think tank - a battle of bias

Classic case of they said, they said - Last year, the Canada Revenue Agency began auditing an Ottawa-based think tank, accusing the company of being “biased and one-sided.” Now, more than 400 academics are demanding...more

Charitable Planning with S Corporation Stock—Making It Work

Since 1998, charities have been able to own S corporation stock (“S stock”). However, the ownership of S stock by an exempt organization may result in either an unexpected tax burden or a liability rather than an asset for...more

New Law Nullifies Property Tax Exemption for Buildings Sold by Nonprofits

What happens to a property tax exemption when a nonprofit sells its building to an entity that will use it for a non-exempt purpose? As of July 1, 2014, and extending through 2015, the new owner will owe property tax on the...more

The For-Profit Entity's Guide to Doing Business with Nonprofit Organizations

30-SECOND SUMMARY It may seem logical for certain for-profit organizations to enter into business arrangements with nonprofits. Although both parties can certainly benefit from such an arrangement, the nonprofit must be...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

California Enacts 409A Legislation Reducing State Tax Penalty

California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law AB1173 on Oct. 4, 2013, reducing the California 409A tax penalty from 20% to 5% for taxable years beginning January 1, 2013. The bill, a victory for California businesses and...more

Tax Court Deals Another Blow to Conservation Easements

On June 24, 2013, the U.S. Tax Court disallowed a couple’s deduction for the donation of a conservation easement on the façade of a building to the National Architectural Trust, a qualified charitable organization. The court...more

Spotlight on Georgia: Certain Interesting Tax Developments

As in past years, there have been numerous interesting tax-related developments over the last 12 months in the state of Georgia. Just a few of these recent developments are summarized below...more

Tax Relief for Hurricane Sandy Victims

Due to Hurricane Sandy’s impact, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has extended various tax filing and payment deadlines that occurred starting in late October. Affected individuals and businesses have until February 1,...more

Groundbreaking Legislation on Property Tax and Sales Tax Exemptions for Illinois Hospitals

Illinois Governor Patrick Quinn just signed into law a comprehensive and groundbreaking legislative package that significantly changes the criteria for establishing and maintaining property tax exemptions and sales tax...more

New Markets Tax Credit Eligibility Data Released

The new markets tax credit program has helped to finance thousands of worthwhile projects in so-called “low-income communities” over the last eleven years. For the first time in a decade, which communities qualify as a...more

Small Games of Chance Still a Gamble!

On February 2, 2012 Governor Corbett signed into law Act 2 of 2012, which became effective March 3, 2012. Act 2 makes substantial changes to the Small Games of Chance Act, and those who are involved with charities that might...more

Other Recent PA Tax Developments

Philadelphia Hotel Tax The Court of Common Pleas of Philadelphia County has upheld the Philadelphia Tax Review Board’s ruling that Expedia, an online vendor of discount hotel rooms, is not an “operator” of a hotel, and is...more

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