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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

Election-Year Activities for Your Nonprofit: Avoiding the Legal Pitfalls and Understanding the Evolving Landscape

In this presentation: - McCutcheon Case - 501(c)(3) versus 501(c)(4) or (6) - Ideas for your 501(c)(3) -501(c)(4) activities –Permissible uses –Federal disclosure –State...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

How a Reluctance to Deport Pop Stars Strengthens US Immigration Policy  [Video]

Mar. 13, 2014 -- Lenni Benson, professor at New York Law School and Director of the Safe Passage Project, talks about the general reluctance within the American immigration system to deport sports and entertainment...more

Alabama Legislative Update - Week 8: Steady Movement in Both Houses as Session Moves Towards Close

There are eight legislative days remaining in the 2014 Session. Everyone in Montgomery who is involved in the annual legislative process, or who watches it, is talking about the unusual "spirit" in both Chambers this year....more

Political Law Briefing - March 2014

In this issue: - The Return of Party Soft Money? - The FEC Increases the Lobbyist Bundling Threshold and Coordinated Party Expenditure Limits - Upcoming Events - Excerpt from The Return of Party...more

Key House Committee Chairman Releases Long-Awaited Tax Reform Overhaul: Major Changes Proposed for Nonprofits

On February 26, 2014, U.S. House of Representatives Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp released "The Tax Reform Act of 2014," a 979-page sweeping federal tax reform package that, among many other things, addresses a...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

Proposal Seeks To Make California The Artificer And Enforcer Of Caps On Executive Compensation

Earlier this month, Secretary of State Debra Bowen announced that the proponents of an initiative measure could begin collecting petition signatures for their measure. If this measure makes it on to the ballot and is...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

A Setback for Mandated Political Spending Disclosure

One of the hottest SEC rulemaking topics over the past two years—disclosure of corporate political spending—quietly took a significant hit a few weeks ago when the SEC removed it from its rulemaking agenda. The clamor for...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

New California Law Further Restricts Nonprofit Organizations From Engaging in Campaign Activity

Restricted Resources Include Cash, Office Supplies and Other Property Received From Local Agencies - A new California law prohibits nonprofit organizations from using monies and other property received from local...more

Federal Grant & Contract News for Nonprofits - September 2013

Unfortunately, as the 2013 government fiscal year comes to a close, we again face severe federal financial uncertainty as the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act of 2013 (P.L. 113-6) expires at 11:59 PM on...more

SEA-Chicago and the Illinois Task Force on Social Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Enterprise: A Strategic Partnership

When Illinois Governor Pat Quinn signed the State’s L3C bill into law late in 2009, the leadership of Social Enterprise Alliance’s new Chicago chapter - - SEA’s first chapter - - seized the opportunity to unite and energize...more

The Renewable Resources Coalition Case: Pleading Around California’s Anti-SLAPP Statute

The California Court of Appeal’s recent decision in Renewable Resources Coalition, Inc. v. Pebble Mines Corporation, et al., 218 Cal.App.4th 384 (July 20, 2013), illustrates perfectly the importance of careful drafting of...more

Expanding Your Advocacy and Political Reach: Adding a 501(c)(4) to Your Nonprofit's Org Chart

In this presentation: - Why we need affiliated entities - Controlling the 501(c)(4) - Corporate separation issues - Political activity options - Excerpt from: Controlling the...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

U.S. Senate Finance Committee Report Highlights Potential Tax Reforms for Tax-Exempt Organizations

On June 13, 2013, the majority and minority staffs of the U.S. Senate Finance Committee (the “Committee”) released a 19-page compilation of federal tax reform options addressing various rules and laws applicable to tax-exempt...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

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